Migraine Research Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • The Migraine Research Foundation (MRF), a nonprofit that funds research into the causes of and better treatments for migraine disease, has announced their 2013 grant awards. A record eight grants were selected from 46 proposals submitted from around the world. MRF has now funded a total of 41 grants in the last seven years.


    Cathy Glaser, president of the MRF, commented:

    "We are thrilled with the caliber of these projects. They all represent novel approaches to unraveling the mysteries of migraine in different ways."

    Dr. Joel Saper, founder of the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute, Ann Arbor, MI, and Chair of MRF’s Medical Advisory Board, stated:

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    "This year’s recipients continue to demonstrate the highly innovative thinking MRF encourages. The medical and patient communities are grateful to MRF and the investigators it supports."

    The MRF grant recipients for 2013 and their projects are:

    • Serapio M. Baca, PhD (Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA)
      Examining the role of astrocytes in migraine using optogenetic methods
    • Yu-Qing Cao, PhD (Washington University Pain Center, St. Louis, MO)
      Immunotherapy for migraine headache
    • Greg Dussor, PhD and Ted Price, PhD (University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson)
      Afferent stimulation of the trigeminovascular system produces central sensitization via BDNF signaling in the nucleus caudalis
    • Robert Nicholson, PhD (Mercy Clinic Headache Center, St. Louis, MO)
      Assessing adherence to guidelines for the acute treatment of pediatric migraine
    • Robin Polt, PhD and Frank Porreca, PhD (University of Arizona, Tucson)
      PACAP antagonists as novel migraine therapies
    • Louis J. Ptácěk, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
      Generation of mouse models of novel casein kinase 1δ migraine mutations.
    • Robert Shapiro, MD, PhD and Gary Mawe, PhD (University of Vermont, Burlington)
      The Association of Migraine Disorders Grant.
      Studies of gastroparesis in monogenic migraine mouse models
    • David Yarnitsky, MD, Yelena Granovsky, PhD and Michal Granot, PhD (Technion Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel)
      Prediction of migraine prevention efficacy: individualization of treatment by coupling drug’s mode of action with patient’s mechanism of pain modulation

    Summary and comments:

    These eight research projects have the potential to quite significantly affect the lives of people living with Migraine disease. In fact, that's an understatement. Especially with the National Institutes for Health (NIH) funding so pathetically little headache and Migraine research, the role of the Migraine Research Foundation is vital. I applaud their dedication and ongoing efforts to fund Migraine research.


    Congratulations to all of the grant recipients and the MRF!




    Press Release. "Migraine Research Foundation Announces 2013 Grants." Migraine Research Foundation. New York. January 13, 2014.

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    Last updated January 14, 2014.

Published On: January 14, 2014