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2008 MRF Research Grantee
Mapping Functional Brain Circuits in a Rodent Migraine Model of Central Sensitization
Based on our studies of imaging the trigeminal nerve (that provides sensation to the head and face) we have developed an animal model to study migraine with techniques that allow us to measure brain function (functional neuroimaging).
Hypothesis vs. Findings
The research findings supported the original hypotheses. Specifically, we could demonstrate that functional (brain) activation in brain regions shown by our group of migraine patients, are similar in this model. Furthermore, these results also replicate data obtained in neurophysiological results.
The research did not allow us to gain insights into chronic brain changes in the rat model.