Todd Smitherman (University of Mississippi): Migraine: Knowns and Unknowns
Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of severe head pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Data from the World Health Organization indicate that migraine is the 3rd most common medical condition and 8th leading cause of disability on the planet. Despite its high prevalence and impact, migraine remains underdiagnosed and inadequately treated, though recent scientific advances offer new hope for combatting this chronic condition. In the last two decades, substantial progress has been made in understanding migraine pathophysiology, headache triggers, and the role of common co-occurring conditions, as well as in establishing effective treatments. This talk will review recent scientific progress in migraine across these and other areas, differentiating between what is well-established from empirical research (the “knowns”) and what remains to be understood (the “unknowns”). This educational talk is geared toward interested community members, including both those who do and do not suffer from migraine.
March 24, 2015, Lusa Pastry Café, 6pm - 7pm.