Posts by Neil Andrews

Brain imaging of chronic pain.
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A Lesson from Brain Imaging: Head Pain Is Different from Other Kinds of Chronic Pain

A new neuroimaging study pinpoints differences in gray matter in those with chronic pain, especially multisite pain, compared to healthy individuals. Those who reported head pain showed unique differences compared to other chronic pain types.
Trigeminal ganglion clock
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The Ticking of the Trigeminal Ganglion Clock during Headache

A new study identifies circadian features of trigeminal ganglion cells and animal pain responses. These features are reflected at a genetic level, too, which could set the stage for improved headache treatment.
migraine rare variants
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A Genetic Deep Dive to Find What’s Rare in Migraine

A GWAS meta-analysis uncovers rare genetic variants, with large effects, associated with migraine. The research also pinpoints variants unique to different migraine subtypes.
PACAP and post-traumatic headache.
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PACAP: A New Target for Treatment of Post-Traumatic Headache?

A recent randomized clinical trial builds the case for pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide-38 in the pathophysiology of PTH.
Basic science year in review
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The Year in Basic Science Migraine Research: 2023 Highlights

New animal studies in 2023 enhanced knowledge of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying migraine and headache disorders, again showing the value of fundamental research for the field.
Second messenger signaling and migraine
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Shifting Attention from the Outside to the Inside of the Cell during Migraine

New research shows that second messenger signaling spurs migraine attacks even in the presence of CGRP receptor blockade.
Interview with William Renthal
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Mapping Out the Neurons That Contribute to Headache and Pain: A Conversation with William Renthal

In this MSC interview, William Renthal discusses his path to research and medicine, the focus of his lab, the findings from his work so far that he is most excited about, and much more.
Clinical trial endpoints of migraine drugs.
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Pivotal Clinical Trials of Migraine Drugs: Are We Measuring the Same Thing?

An analysis of dozens of trials reveals important differences in endpoint selection and timing.
A new study uses machine learning to predict the development and spread of chronic pain based on a shared set of mental health, sociodemographic, and physical health factors.
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Shared Biopsychosocial Factors Underlie Many Different Types of Chronic Pain, Including Headache

A new study uses machine learning to predict the development and spread of chronic pain based on a shared set of mental health, sociodemographic, and physical health factors.
Neil Andrews

Neil Andrews is a science journalist and editor based in New York City. He has over two decades of experience covering science and medicine for expert and non-expert audiences alike. He is also the executive editor of the Migraine Science Collaborative, where he manages the day to day operations of the site. Previously he was the executive editor of the Pain Research Forum.

When not thinking and writing about neuroscience, Neil spends much of his free time on his Peloton and exploring NYC. He is also on a quest to satisfy his coffee cravings by visiting every independent coffee shop in the city. Follow him on Twitter @NeilAndrews.