Migraine affects 1 in 4 households and over 36 million people in the United States alone. It is the #1 cause of neurologic disability and the #10 cause of all disability in the US with direct and indirect costs in excess of over $31 billion every year.
Despite these staggering numbers, many continue to minimize migraine and "just a headache" and fail to legitimize migraine is a neurologic disease with a significant quality of life and socioeconomic impact. Headache research is also grossly underfunded making up less than 0.08% of the NIH research budget.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Director, Sports Neurology and Concussion Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center