National Headache Foundation’s History of Funding Headache Research

The National Headache Foundation has a long history of funding significant and ground-breaking research about headache and migraine. Here is a list of some of the research funded by the NHF since 2007:

Principal Investigator Institution Title Award Years
Louis Ptacek, MD University of California, San Francisco Systematic Investigation of the Role of Common Sequence Variation at CSNK1D and GJA1 in the Genetic Etiology of Migraine with Aura 2007-2008
Nancy E.J. Berman, PhD University of Kansas Medical Center Preclinical studies of menstrual migraine 2007-2008
Dan Levy, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Ovarian hormone control of meningeal mast cells: possible role in menstrual migraine 2007-2008
Andrew Strassman, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Activity of Meningeal Sensory Neurons: Neural Basis of Nitroglycerin Headache 2007-2008
Paul L. Durham, PhD Missouri State University Role of Gap Junctions in Neuronal-Gilal Cell Signaling in Trigeminal Ganglia 2007-2008
Paul L. Durham, PhD Missouri State University Interleukin Regulation of CGRP Expression in Trigeminal Ganglion Neurons 2008-2009
Andrew Strassman, BA, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Activity of Meningeal Sensory Neurons; Synapic Mechanisms of Central Sensitization 2008-2000
Todd J. Schwedt, MD Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Resting State Functional Connectivity MRI in Patients with Chronic Migraine 2008-2009
Dan Levy, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Molecular mechanisms underlying estrogen withdrawal-induced dural Mast cell hyperplasia: implication for menstrual migraine 2008-2009
Ana Recober, MD University of Iowa Development of a Potential Migraine Mouse Model: hRAMP1 transgenic mice 2008-2009
Jill T. Jesurum, PhD, FAHA Swedish Medical Center and the University of Washington The Association Between Right-to-Left Shunt and Cognitive Dysfunction in Migraineurs with Aura and Cerebral White Matt Lesions 2008-2009
Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD University of California, San Francisco Regulation of Capsaicin Receptor (TRPV1) expression in meningeal sensory neurons under inflammatory conditions 2008-2009
Andrew Strassman, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Activity of Meningeal Sensory Neurons: Excitatory vs. Inhibitory Mechanisms in Sensitization 2009-2010
Kate Carroll, MD Northwestern Memorial Hospital The Relation of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudo tumor Cerebri) and Brain Ouabain 2009-2010
Paul Durham, PhD Missouri State University ATP and CGRP: a Synergistic Mechanism Regulating Nociception in Trigeminal Ganglion Neurons 2009-2010
Andrew F. Russo, PhD University of Iowa Does Pregnancy Reduce Light Aversion in a Model Mouse of Migraine? 2009-2010
Simon Kaja, PhD University of Missouri-Kansas City Novel Mechanism Underlying the Pathophysiology of Visual Impairment During Migraine Headaches 2009-2010
Carolina Lemos, BSc University of Porto, Portugal Identification of Generic Variants Associated with Increased Susceptibility of Migraine 2009-2010
Soe Mar, MD Washington University School of Medicine Does Chronic Migraine Hurt the Developing Brain? Investigation using Resting State Functional Connectivity 2009-2010
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, AT Still University The Effect of Sport-related Concussion on Headache and Health-related Quality of Life in Children & Adolescent 2009-2010
Kerry Caparell, MD Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Paraspinal Intramuscular Ropivacaine Injection for the Treatment of Acute Headache in Children 2009-2010
Jill Jesurum, PhD Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute Aspiring Resistance in Women with Migraine 2010-2011
Paul Durham, PhD Missouri State University Fractaline Regulation of CGRP Expression in Trigeminal Ganglion Neurons 2010-2011
K.C. Brennan, MD UCLA moved to University of Utah Investigation of coritcal dysfunction in a possible migraine endophenotype 2010-2011
Dan Levy, PhD Beth Israel Angiotensin II, Oxidative Stress and Migraine Pain 2010-2011
J. Douglass Mann, MD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Effects of a Low Omega-6 and High Omega-3 Diet on Inflammatory Gene Expression in Patients with Chronic Daily Headache 2010-2011
Beverly E. Thorn, PhD University of Alabama Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the treatment of headache 2010-2011
Tim Smith, MD St. John’s Mercy Medical Center Mercy Tele-Headache Project 2011-2012
Paul Durham, PhD Missouri State University Chronic Effect of Nicotine on Trigeminal Neurons: Why Heavy Smokers are not Responsive to Triptan Therapy 2011-2012
Dan Levy, PhD Beth Israel Sensory Intervention of the Calvarial Periosteum and the Genesis of Post-traumatic Headache 2011-2012
Thomas K. Baumann, PhD Legacy Clinical Research & Technology Center Membrane Ion Channels and Receptors in a Unique Sub-population of Trigeminal Ganglion Neurons that Mediates Persistent Pain 2011-2012
Gregory Dussor, PhD University of Arizona Activation of Meningeal TRPA1 Channels Contributes to Migraine Headache 2011-2012
Vincent Martin, MD University of Cincinnati Female Hormones and Their Role in the Provocation of Migraine Headache in Adolescent Girls 2011-2012
Dan Levy, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CSD-induced cortiica metabolic perturbations and the genesis of migraine headache 2012-2013
K.C. Brennan, MD University of Utah Sensory network plasticity in migraine with aura 2012-2013
David Borsook, MD Boston Childrens Hospital Functional and Morphometric Measures in Chronic Daily Headache—Markers of Disease Reversal 2013-2014
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