Help us fund the next generation of research scientists

Migraine researchersBack in 1965 migraine attacks were perceived little more than as ‘bad headaches’. Our charity was founded as a reaction to this perception, by a group of people who knew – often from personal experience – the real pain and suffering that migraines brought on a daily basis.

Thanks to their determination and tireless effort, a movement was formed in the UK that gave migraine sufferers a voice – and a chance to persuade clinical funders in our country that migraine research was worthy of their investment.

Over the last 50 years we have been able to grow and develop our support services a great deal, so that now we are able to answer almost all questions from newly diagnosed sufferers with speed and authority. Our knowledge base, developed from 50 years of sharing the experience of the migraine community, means that no-one now has to face the hurt and distress of migraine on their own – as was the case in 1965.

But the most significant successes of these years have come from research. We now have a range of pain-relieving drugs that are hugely more effective; the introduction of Triptan medication in the 1990s was a monumental breakthrough for a whole generation of sufferers. More recently, we have seen how new treatments involving low-level electrical stimulation across the brain are giving many more migraine sufferers the chance to stop their migraines at source.

I am proud to say that, for the last 50 years, The Migraine Trust has been a passionate advocate for –  and funder of – much of this research. Without our support of dedicated research – through the direct funding of specialist researchers – we simply would not have seen many of these advances.

And so I ask for your support to allow us to fund the next generation of research; and, we hope, the beginning of the next major breakthrough.

Our friend Dr Philip Holland leads a team of 6 researchers at King’s College in London – recognised as one of the finest medical research facilities in the world. His team are embarking on a long-term project into headache research. His words are here for you to read, as they provide insight into the work his team are embarking on, and the crucial need to increase new research positions specifically in migraine.

A PhD studentship will cost £33,000 in the first year – and we believe that to be exceptional value for money. However, as you know, we are a charity funded entirely by the migraine community and this cost is simply not within our budget for this year. The only way this new post can be created is through the direct support of the migraine community.

So, I make a direct request to you. Could you please make a donation today and allow migraine research to take this next important step forward?

Any gift you can make would be gratefully received. If just a thousand people were able to give £33, we’d be there. But of course please just give whatever you feel is the right amount for you, if you can.

The story of our 50th year is a story of change, growth and development for the migraine community, and every success, every jump forward was as a direct result of funding given by that community. But  now, we must look forward, not back. I sincerely hope that you will join those who, like you, understand the reality of living with migraine and give your support to this vital new research post.

With grateful thanks for your help. Yours sincerely


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PS As mentioned, Dr Philip Holland has written a short note on the importance of this new research post and I have included  that for you to read. Philip describes from his perspective just how vital The Migraine Trust’s funding has been in migraine research – and can continue to be with your support.