New migraine treatment project volunteers required from Staffordshire

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Leading a search for the first successful drug made to specifically treat migraines is The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) as it starts recruitment for patients to the STRIVE research project.

The Trust is just one of six sites chosen in the UK to take part in the Strive Study and the only one in the West Midlands. It is now looking for volunteers to take part to see how effective a new drug is in reducing debilitating migraine.

Dr Brendan Davies, Consultant Neurologist at UHNM and Clinical Lead of the Midlands Regional Headache Clinic and Headache research team, is leading the trial. He said:

“This is the first time we will have a dedicated drug to specifically treat migraine. There is currently no cure for migraine, yet it is such a debilitating condition where people’s daily lives are affected. Just imagine having a thumping, severe headache with sensitivity to light and noise, with nausea and possible vomiting, and being unable to go to work or join in family life. This is what it is like for a lot of migraine sufferers.

“This trial is also looking at giving migraine suffers another option for their treatment so instead of taking tablets every day they could just have a single injection once a month.”

Volunteers are needed for the trial who have migraines for more than four days a month, but for less than 15 days a month. It is open to men and women who are over 18, but under 55 years of age, who don’t take more than two types of tablets daily. Patients can be recruited to take part in this study from all over Staffordshire, South Cheshire, and the West Midlands.

Patients who take part in the trial will be given a monthly injection and will have the additional specialist support of the Headache Research Team. The trial is three monthly injections after which all people on the trial will be offered the chance to try the drug for a further nine months, even if they had a placebo.

For more information about the trial and how to take part please contact the Headache Research Team on 01782 675393 or e-mail Headache_research@uhns.nhs.uk