Headaches are extremely common. Nearly everyone has a headache occasionally. When they occur repeatedly, headaches are a symptom of a headache disorder. 

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a severe headache that may be accompanied by nausea and increased sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraines can be triggered by various factors, including stress, dehydration, lack of food and many other factors.

There is currently no cure for migraines, but the severity of an attack can be reduced and steps can be taken to prevent migraines from occurring.

Who is affected?

Although migraines are known to go unreported and undiagnosed, the condition is still more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. It is one of the most common neurological conditions, affecting around one in seven people.

It is estimated that there are over 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK.

Migraines are more prevalent amongst women affecting approximately one in four women and one in 12 men in the UK.

How we help

Headache and facial pain is one of our three current research priorities, reflecting the high unmet need in this area. We were pleased to award a Brain Research UK PhD studentship in this field in 2018. Oakley Morgan starts her PhD at University College London in Autumn 2018, studying the relationship between stress and migraine.