Our new research strategy

Help us develop our new research strategy

In February 2020 we published our new organisational five-year strategy which outlines our ambitious plans to reach and help more people affected by migraine and achieve big change for our community.

A key part of our new five-year strategy includes a renewed committment to migraine research through the development and delivery of a new, more ambitious migraine research strategy. Launching in 2021, we would like our new research strategy to include:

  1. A reconfirmation of our commitment to being a global leader in the promotion of new migraine research, primarily through hosting Migraine Trust International Symposium (MTIS) conferences every two years.
  2. A clearer commitment to working more closely with people affected by migraine to ensure that their voice, wants, needs, concerns and interests play a bigger role in shaping the broader migraine research agenda.
  3. Building our own evidence base and better understanding of the migraine population across the UK (i.e. who, when, where, why, patterns, determinants for the migraine population etc).
  4. A clearer commitment to helping people living with migraine in the ‘here and now’ – i.e. encouraging and funding research into tackling the impact of the disease on people and society; preventing attacks; better treatments (and access to treatments) to manage the condition, symptoms, and the different phases of a migraine attack; improving people’s mental wellbeing and (ideally) living well with migraine; and tackling the impairments caused by migraine.
  5. A clearer commitment to supporting the growth and development of the migraine research community. In particular, our charity has a vital role in encouraging and supporting the next generation of migraine researchers to flourish as well as in bringing the research community more closely together around a shared and focused agenda.  We plan to invest in at least one new Fellowship grant and one new PhD grant during the next five years.  We will also provide a bursary every year to someone studying headache as part of a Masters degree, in memory of Susan Haydon, our former Information and Support Services Manager who died in 2019.

How you can get involved

We would like to develop our new research strategy in a deliberatively colloborative way, working in partnership with the entire migraine community to make sure we get it right.  This means we’re going to be reaching out to people affected by migraine, the migraine professional workforce, researchers and academics, public and private funders, and anyone else who cares about the future of our charity and the migraine community for help over the course of the strategy’s development.

If you’re interested in being involved in this work, please consider joining our ‘informal’ sounding board – a group of people affected by migraine and other experts who feed into our research and policy work. To join the sounding board, please email policy@migrainetrust.org

As we begin to develop the strategy, we’ll post new opportunities for you to get involved and help shape our thinking here. In the meantime, to keep updated about all of the latest migraine research news please subscribe to our monthly ebulletin by clicking here.