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There is no condition of such magnitude - yet so shrouded in myth, misinformation, and mistreatment - as migraine.
— Joel R. Saper, MD, Chair, MRF Medical Advisory Board

2008 Grants | 2007 Grants

In 2008, MRF Research Grants were awarded to:

Nancy Berman, PhD
University ofKansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

A Behavioral Model of Menstrual Migraine
Studying how estrogen levels regulate central and peripheral sensitization that lead to chronic pain.




Read more about Dr. Berman in
Meet Our Researchers
Read about Dr. Berman’s findings in Completed Research

 


David Borsook, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Mapping Functional Brain Circuits in a Rodent Model of Central Sensitization
Using functional MRI to measure changes in brain circuits before and after central sensitization.




Read about Dr. Borsook’s findings in
Completed Research

 


Andrew Charles, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Central Mechanisms of Opioids in the Transformation of Migraine
Investigating the ways in which acute vs. chronic opioid administration may influence migraine by studying their effect on cortical spreading depression.




Read about Dr. Charles’ findings in
Completed Research

 


F. Michael Cutrer, MD
The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Investigation of the Genetic Basis of Migraine: Building a DNA Library in Migraine Sufferers
Establishing a DNA library of well characterized migraineurs and matched controls
in a searchable electronic database.



Read more about Dr. Cutrer in
Meet Our Researchers
Read about Dr. Cutrer’s findings in Completed Research

 


In 2007, MRF Research Grants were awarded to:

Richard Lipton, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Towards a Migraine Genetics Population Laboratory: Building on the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention Study

Testing a method of collecting DNA by mail from headache sufferers as the first step to building a genetic database on migraine.


Read about Dr. Lipton’s findings in
Completed Research

 

Michael Oshinsky, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Glial Activation and the Chronification of Headache

Studying the transition of episodic migraine to chronic daily headache, a severely disabling condition affecting 4% of the US population.



Read more about Dr. Oshinsky in
Meet Our Researchers
Read about Dr. Oshinsky’s findings in Completed Research



Frank Porreca, PhD
University of Arizona, Tucson

Behavioral Model of Medication Overuse Headache

Studying how opioid exposure causes changes in the brain which can lead to Medication Overuse Headache in migraine sufferers.



Read more about Dr. Porreca in
Meet Our Researchers
Read about Dr. Porreca’s findings in
Completed Research


Ann Scher, PhD
Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD

Migraine in Middle Age and Late Life: A Longitudinal Analysis of Factors Related to Migraine Prognosis in a Large Population-Based Cohort

Examining the relationship between migraine in middleage and stroke in a group of Icelandic adults.


Read more about Dr. Scher in Meet Our Researchers
Read about Dr. Scher’s findings in Completed Research

 

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