Migraine research over the last 30 years has made a significant contribution to elucidating the development of migraine attacks. This includes the discovery of a first migraine gene in 1993 and the discovery of a second one in 2003. These research results were also able to refute the old theory according to which the neurological deficits of the migraine aura (especially visual and sensory disturbances in the run-up to the attack) are caused by a narrowing of cerebral arteries and the headache is triggered by the dilation of the cerebral and cranial arteries. Today it is clear that migraine originates in the brain, more precisely in the brain stem, as a derailment of normal control circuits that control functions such as wakefulness, hunger and thirst. This does not cause any damage.
To ensure that we are always up to date with the latest knowledge in the future and can offer our patients even better treatment options, we conduct drug studies and migraine research in our internal research center. In addition, the Headache Centre Hirslanden Ltd regularly participates in national and international studies as an official study centre in cooperation with Neurologica GmbH.