Welcome to the Association of Migraine Disorders
Our organization was founded by otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) who recognize that people with traditional migraine headaches have many other neurological symptoms that do not include a headache. By cooperating and consulting with experts from other fields of medicine, we intend to unify these related conditions into one broad, single diagnosis of a migraine disorder and to stimulate more research into this condition. Often unrecognized or misdiagnosed migraine disorders negatively affect the quality of life for millions of men and women, both young and old.
The mission of the Association of Migraine Disorders is to end the suffering from migraine illness through research, education and collaboration.
What makes AMD different?
The Association of Migraine Disorders is a unique nonprofit organization. While supporting efforts to combat migraine headache disease, we also fight for the concept that migraine affects much more of the nervous system. We suspect that this is because the multiple potential genetic defects underlying migraine, the influence of nerve centers in the brainstem and hormonal effects on the nervous system are not restricted to the pain pathways.
The study of migraine is essentially the study of pain pathways and the most basic functions of the brain. Support of migraine research is sure to lead to better understanding and treatments of many other conditions, such as brain trauma, alternatives to opioids, mood disorders, dizziness and sleep.
AMD has developed a comprehensive program that helps not only to fund specific research projects, but also to launch the careers of those willing to specialize in migraine research. We offer programs to introduce students into this area of neuroscience, through shadowing programs, travel grants, small introductory grants and then support more experienced researchers to explore new ideas with intermediate-sized grants, managed by the Migraine Research Foundation. Our expectation is that the best of these ideas will be ready to apply to much larger grants, such as those offered by NIH. The most unique aspect of our program is our support of interdisciplinary migraine-relatedresearch at the Brown Institute for Brain Science and the funding of a post-doctoral fellowship in migraine research.
We also believe that patient will be better served if more medical professionals learn how to recognize and treat migraine disorders. In cooperation with existing teaching programs, our organization aims to develop complementary teaching materials for practitioners at all levels of training in multiple specialties.
We hope to have migraine disease rise in the public consciousness proportionate to its impact on people’s lives and families. And to have businesses discover how their support of this cause will improve the health and productivity of their employees.
We are a small, efficient and innovative organization with big plans. Get involved. Help us and we will help you.
Please consider a donation to support research into the cause and treatment of migraine disorders.