Migraine and other forms of severe headaches are disabling disorders of the nervous system that affect hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide. While for many they occur episodically and infrequently, for others they are a chronic problem that interferes with all aspects of their daily lives. The UCLA Headache Research and Treatment Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to headache disorders with a focus on:
Basic Research - Our laboratories use a variety of cutting edge techniques to try to increase the understanding of the basic causes of migraine, to identify new treatments, and to bring these new treatments to patients.
Clinical Research - Studies with patients are aimed at characterizing the clinical features of migraine and determining the effectiveness of new therapies.
Education - A primary focus of the program is to educate medical and graduate students, residents, fellows, and physician and scientist colleagues regarding the basic and clinical aspects of migraine and the management of migraine patients
Patient care - We strive to provide state-of-the art care for patients with headache disorders, and to educate patients about their conditions to enable them to participate in their treatment and facilitate improvement of their symptoms.
Faculty Andrew Charles, M.D., Director,
Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Migraine and Headache Studies