We all know that migraine research is horribly underfunded. That’s one reason we don’t have better treatments. Despite advocacy efforts, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) doesn’t take disease burden into account when funding research, so migraine and other headache disorders continue to receive a disproportionately small amount of NIH research funding.
With the paucity of governmental funding for research, it’s been especially exciting that there have been two major announcements regarding research funding lately:
- Wendy and Leonard Goldberg donated nearly $10 million to UCLA for the Goldberg Migraine Program.
- PCORI awarded more than $7 million to study chronic migraine and medication overuse.
It struck me this morning that now is the perfect time for each of us to pitch in and help fund more migraine and headache research through the American Migraine Foundation’s 36 Million Migraine Campaign. The campaign was launched in 2013. At that time, there were 36 million Americans living with migraine, so the goal was set to get $36 million in donations, representing one dollar for each migraineur.
It’s easy to donate to the 36 Million Migraine Campaign through Crowdrise. Just go to this page, and it takes only minutes to donate. No amount is too small, seriously. If you can donate just one dollar, those dollars will add up If you can donate more than once, that would be extra wonderful. I can’t give all I’d like to at once, so I’m donating $36 a month until the goal is reached.
This is our chance to help fund necessary migraine and headache research. It’s an opportunity to make a difference for as little as one dollar. Will you please join me in supporting this initiative?
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_Reviewed by David Watson, MD. _
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.