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Headache Research

NYU Langone’s Division of Headache has an active clinical research program and conducts clinical trials, giving patients access to the newest therapies for headache and migraine before they are widely available. Our main research focuses on migraine, post-traumatic headache, and other disabling headache conditions. Our team of headache experts includes clinicians and researchers with expertise in clinical trials, epidemiology, healthcare utilization, mobile health (mHealth), and neuropsychiatry. We are also a referral center for new clinical trials.

Migraine Research

Migraine is underdiagnosed and undertreated. We are interested in improving migraine diagnosis and management across medical specialties, particularly in the primary care and emergency department settings. We are investigating novel methods to implement evidence-based therapies—both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic—in these settings while leveraging mHealth technology. Our team has experience leading clinical trials for novel medications before approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as experience studying the effects of treatments after FDA approval.

Post-Traumatic Headache Research

Our experts seek to study which treatments might be effective for post-traumatic headache. As in our migraine research, we study both pharmacologic and behavioral interventions and leverage technology to help us better understand how to provide the most effective care. To date, we have conducted epidemiologic, mHealth, and behavioral studies. Our researchers have received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Neurology/American Brain Foundation, International Headache Academy, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and NYU Langone’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science.

Headache Clinical Trials

Clinical trials led by investigators in the Division of Headache investigate new approaches to helping people with headaches manage symptoms.

RELAXaHEAD for Headache Patients
Principal investigator: Mia T. Minen, MD, MPH

Adherence to and Beliefs on Recommendations for Behavioral Treatment for Migraine
Principal investigator: Mia T. Minen, MD, MPH

Headache Research Faculty


Mia T. Minen, MD, MPH

Director of Headache Research
Director of Headache Services, Tisch Hospital
Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Population Health
Expertise: headache medicine, neuropsychiatry–behavioral neurology, behavioral interventions, epidemiology, mobile health (mHealth), and population-based healthcare utilization research

Contact Us

For more information about research in the Division of Headache, please email Dr. Minen at mia.minen@nyulangone.org.