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Migraine Research Foundation Awards
2010 Research Grants


Lack of adequate research funding for Migraine is one of the biggest issues holding back development of new and effective treatments. To address this issue, the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) awards research grants each year.

The MRF has announced the winners of their 2010 research grants. This year’s grantees will explore innovative inquiries in the areas of:

  • pediatric Migraine,
  • chronic Migraine,
  • Migraine in women, and
  • basic science.

Cathy Glaser, co-founder and President of the MRF said,

“We are thrilled with the caliber of the investigations in these proposals. They represent novel clinical and bench science approaches to unraveling the mysteries of Migraine. In just four years, we’ve awarded 23 grants to some of the most promising investigators – and we know they’re going to make a difference.”

The seven MRF grant recipients and their research are:

  • Trent Anderson, Ph.D., University of Arizona College Of Medicine-Phoenix: Neurosteroid Regulation of Cortical Spreading Depression
  • Brandon Aylward, Ph.D., and Scott Powers, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: The Multidimensional Impact of Migraine in Adolescents Presenting to Specialty Care
  • Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc, University of Michigan School of Dentistry: Endogenous Opioid Mechanisms in Chronic Migraine
  • Richard Kraig, Ph.D., MD, The University of Chicago Medical Center: Preclinical Development of Nasal Insulin as a Therapy for Chronic Migraine
  • Todd Smitherman, Ph.D., University of Mississippi: Efficacy of Behavioral Insomnia Treatment for Chronic Migraine: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
  • Patric Stanton, Ph.D., New York Medical College: N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Glycine Coagonist Site Modulation as a Potential Treatment for Migraine
  • Colin Willis, Ph.D., University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine: Mechanisms of Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction Induced Medication Overuse Headache

Dr. Joel Saper, founder of the Michigan Head Pain & Neurological Institute, Ann Arbor, MI, and Chair of MRF’s medical advisory board, stated,

“This year’s recipients continue to demonstrate the highly innovative thinking which MRF encourages. The medical community is grateful to the foundation and the investigators it supports.”

Migraine disease affects more than 37 million Americans – nearly one in four families – including 10% of school-age children. Fourteen million people experience attacks on a near daily basis. U.S. employers lose more than $13 million a year from lost work days. Despite its position as one of the world’s most disabling diseases and its serious social and economic consequences, Migraine remains misunderstood and underfunded. MRF is one of the only sources of seed money for research into its causes and treatments.

The MRF medical advisory board of distinguished scientists, chaired by Dr. Saper, also includes:

  • Dr. Rami Burstein (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA),
  • Dr. F. Michael Cutrer (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN),
  • Dr. David W. Dodick (Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ),
  • Dr. Peter J. Goadsby (University of California at San Francisco, CA),
  • Dr. Richard Lipton (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY),
  • Dr. Fred Sheftell (New England Center for Headache, Stamford, CT), and
  • Dr. Stephen D. Silberstein (Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA).

About the Migraine Research Foundation
The Migraine Research Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ending the debilitating pain of Migraine by funding research into its causes and better treatment options and ultimately, to finding a cure. Because all of the MRF's operating expenses are underwritten, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to Migraine research! More information about MRF and how to contribute can be found at

Many thanks to the MRF, their advisory board, the researchers, and everyone who has donated to the MRF!


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