Our current research programme

Migraine research is at the heart of our work

researcherCommitment to migraine research

The Migraine Trust is the UK’s leading migraine research charity. Since 1965, we have funded over 140 research projects, providing researchers and clinicians with a far greater understanding of the mechanisms and causes of this debilitating disease and encouraging the next generation of migraine specialists. Our research projects seek to improve the management and treatment of migraine and to find a cure.

We hold an international symposium every two years, bringing together the world’s leading experts on headache and migraine to share latest research findings and discuss current trends in treatment and prevention. The 18th Migraine Trust International Symposium (MTIS) will take place from 10-13 September 2020.

We also generate new evidence about the UK’s migraine population to inform national policy decisions that impact our community, reform NHS practice so it works better for migraine patients, and ensure that we’re representing the voices of all people affected by migraine in the information, advocacy, and campaigning content we produce.

We also ensure that patients are able to take part in clinical and academic research by hosting our clinical trials database and promoting these new opportunities via our monthly ebulletin, website, and other comms channels.



"Migraine is giving up its secrets to our research efforts and this will benefit our patients now and their children in the future." Professor Peter Goadsby, Professor of Neurology, King’s College London; Director, NIHR-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, King’s College Hospital London; Trustee of The Migraine Trust.

AMRC Peer Review Audit logoAssociation of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) membership

The Migraine Trust is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and has passed the AMRC best practice in medical and health research peer review audit.

As an AMRC member, The Migraine Trust supports the AMRC position statement on the use of animals in research. Our full position statement is available to download below.

Scientific Research Committee

Our Scientific Research Committee, which consists of scientific and medical experts and lay representatives, oversees our research programme.

All members of the Scientific Research Committee adhere to our conflicts of interest policy.

  • Professor Andrew Charles, M.D. (Chair)
    Director, UCLA Headache Research and Treatment Program, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles
  • Professor Peter J Goadsby
    Professor of Neurology, King’s College London, and Director, NIHR-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, King’s College Hospital, London
  • Dr Shazia Afridi
    Consultant Neurologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London.
  • Dr Farooq Maniyar
    Consultant Neurologist at the Royal London Hospital (Barts Health NHS Trust) and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals
  • Dr Prab Prabhakar
    Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
  • Ria Bhola
    Headache Nurse Specialist, The Migraine Trust
  • Patient representative
    A member of The Migraine Trust’s Volunteer Forum