funding research turns hope into reality

What is Research Is Hope?

The Association of Migraine Disorders is proud to present Research Is Hope as a source of funding for investigators dedicated to advancing migraine research.

Migraine is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, however research is severely underfunded. Research Is Hope is our commitment to change this.

Research opens the door to better treatments and improved care for people with migraine. While there have been some groundbreaking treatment developments, the sad reality is that there are still millions of people who have yet to get their lives back from this debilitating and invisible disease.

More research is critical to finding effective and tolerable treatments for ALL people living with migraine.

Research Advisory Committee

The Association of Migraine Disorders research initiative is led by a Research Advisory Committee consisting of 20 brilliant, leading researchers and medical professionals who help identify knowledge gaps in migraine to influence future research projects.

“More funding attracts new researchers to the field, because they would see it as an emerging space to grow," said Amynah Pradhan, PhD, AMD Research Advisory Committee member. "Bringing in new ideas and approaches would significantly advance migraine research and ultimately patient care.”

2022 Approved Research

Project: AMD Patient Registry

Summary: A registry is a database that connects patient information to a variety of stakeholders striving to improve the state of care for a particular disease. AMD has been working with patients, researchers, and clinicians across the US to develop questionnaires related to their experiences living with vestibular, auditory and sinus symptoms.

What's Next in 2023?

how hormones affect the nervous system

Previously Funded Research

William Renthal, MD, PhD

William Renthal, MD, PhD: Director of Headache Research, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Project: Characterization of Migraine Characteristics and Treatment Response Using Semantic Learning 

"We aim to build a tool that will allow rapid extraction of migraine patients from electronic medical records and their associated symptoms and treatment response, allowing us to study these more homogenous cohorts. Specifically, we aim to understand genetic differences that may drive treatment response to CGRP monoclonal antibodies."

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Eric Gruenthal, MD: Sleep Medicine Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Project: Understanding the Association Between Sleep Apnea and Migraine

"The project will foster a more detailed understanding of the causal nature between sleep disorders (especially sleep-disordered breathing, such as obstructive sleep apnea) and migraine, and address the question of whether proven therapies for sleep-disordered breathing (specifically positive airway pressure) also improve migraine outcomes, such as migraine frequency and intensity."