Defining Research Priorities in Migraine Through Crowdsourcing: Amynah Pradhan, PhD


The associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago discussed the various working groups that have been formed to determine the priorities for different topics in migraine at the 2023 AHS Annual Meeting. [WATCH TIME: 5 minutes]

WATCH TIME: 5 minutes

"I think it's really important that we come up with these research priorities. The whole idea is that once the headache community determines what we think are our priorities – are important for us to be studying from a research and development perspective – it makes it so we can all work together towards achieving those goals.”

In collaboration with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the International Headache Society, and the broader headache community, the American Headache Society (AHS) Research Committee is redefining headache research priorities. Over the course of several months, the committee formed 8 working groups to focus on different aspects of headache research. The groups then identified key research priorities in their respective areas and are now seeking the public's input to shape future agenda.

To explain more about this effort, Amynah Pradhan, PhD, and Todd J. Schwedt, MD, presented a plenary session titled "Health Research Priorities" at the 2023 AHS Annual Meeting, held June 15-18, in Austin, Texas. Pradhan noted that the aim of the public's commentary on the research priorities is to unite the headache community, encourage multidisciplinary collaboration, and pave the way for advancements in headache research over the next 3 to 5 years.

At the meeting, Pradhan sat down with NeurologyLive® to provide an overview of the plenary session. Pradhan noted what others should consider when thinking about priorities for research in migraine, while taking into account the public commentary. She talked about how the research priorities are determined and what role the working groups played in this process. Pradhan also discussed the potential benefits of having a unified set of research priorities for the headache community. She concluded by speaking about how public commentary and feedback help to contribute to refining the research priorities.

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1. Pradhan A, Schwedt T. Health Research Priorities. Presented at: AHS Annual Meeting, 2023; June 15-18; Austin, TX. Plenary 1.
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