Strategic goal one - Help find a cure

What do you think about our first new strategic goal?

A huge thank you to everyone who has already got involved during week one of our informal consultation on our three new draft strategic goals. Your thoughts and ideas are very welcome and greatly appreciated.

Over the next three weeks we want to explore what you think about each of the three draft strategic goals in more detail.

The first new strategic goal is as follows:

  1. Help find a cure – play a major role in encouraging new research and treatment to alleviate the symptoms of migraine and ultimately to find a cure.

At the moment, The Migraine Trust funds and promotes new research to foster a greater understanding of migraine and its underlying mechanisms. Ultimately, the aim of this research is to help find a cure.

Specifically, we provide awards for PhDs and Fellowships. Since 1965 we’ve funded over 130 medical research projects. Because these awards are primarily for researchers at the start of their career, we think they represent the best ‘bang for our buck’ where the return on our (your) investment is likely to be highest. The awards also give us the best chance of growing the migraine research community.

As part of our commitment to advancing migraine research, we have also been bringing scientists together since 1966. The 18th Migraine Trust International Symposium (MTIS) will take place in London in September 2020.

In terms of our future five-year strategy, we could:

  • Increase the number of research awards we are able to make and grow the influence of our symposium.
  • Fund pilots within the NHS to see if changes to how migraine services are delivered improves the experience and outcomes for migraine patients.
  • Do our own research to improve the evidence base about migraine. For example, we know that there are significant gaps in understanding about the migraine population; the different subsets within the wider population; the quality of care and treatment across the country; what ‘good’ and ‘great’ care and treatment looks like; and the impact migraine has on people’s lives and life chances, education and career opportunities. And we know that it is only with a better evidence base that we’ll be able to make a more compelling case to the UK governments, NHS, employers and others for the prioritisation of migraine.
  • Play a bigger role in helping to shape the wider migraine research agenda, in particular to better reflect the wants and needs of people affected by migraine. This could mean everything from being able to encourage and support more people affected by migraine to get involved in clinical trials, to making sure the research community is fully aware of the research topics people affected by migraine would most like explored.

So that’s our thinking so far. What do you think? Where would you prioritise our research agenda? Are there particular areas of research you would like us to champion?

If you’d like to go to our Facebook page you can offer up your thoughts and ideas about our first new strategic goal there. Or you can email me via feedback@migrainetrust.org

Thank you so much in advance for getting involved!

Gus Baldwin
Chief Executive
10 June 2019