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2007 Brain Foundation Research Grants

Dr Geoffrey A Lambert from the Department of Neurology, Division of Medicine, University of NSW was one of the 2007 Brain Foundation Research Grant Award winners for his project Investigating the Cause of Migraine.

 In this project we hope to discover the cause of migraine headache. Many “triggers” lead to migraine, but we do not know how. We believe the triggers produce a defect in pain control by the brainstem, which normally keeps sensation from the head below the pain threshold. In migraine, trigger factors originating in the cortex open this "pain control gate", producing a migraine headache. If we can prove this, we can develop therapies that will prevent migraine before it starts.

For details on other 2007 Brain Foundation Research Grant Awards winner see the latest edition of the BRAINwaves newsletter.



  • Migraine, Stroke and Folate - Researchers investigating links between stroke and migraine
  • New Theories on Migraine - Researchers offer new theories on the basic biolgocial processes that may cause migraine
  • Herbal Products May Interfere with Migraine Drugs - Study shows that some commonly prescribed migraine medications can potentially be rendered ineffective or even toxic when taken along with certain popular herbal supplments
  • Botox as Treatment for Migraine - Researchers conclude further studies are needed
  • Migraine and Meniere's Disease - Is There a Link? - Researchers seek to determine the lifetime prevalence of migraine in patients with Meniere's disease
  • Self-Awareness of Migraine - Interpreting the labels that headache sufferers apply to their headaches
  • Non-Headache Premonitory Symptoms Predict Migraine Onset - Results of study show that patients have ability to predict migraine headache
  • Why Headache Treatment Fails - In this study the authors have summarised and categorised the common reasons for treatment failure
  • Drug Overuse and Rebound Headache - Researchers sound cautionary words
  • August 2004 - HEAD-HUNT Study Confirms Analgesic Overuse as an Important Contributor to Headache