What are the aims of this study?

We aim to see whether abnormalities of blood flow in the brain may predispose women to menstrual migraine and to see whether these abnormalities are associated with differences in gene expression between those who suffer from menstrual migraine and those who are not susceptible. This information will help us to design more effective interventions to counteract migraine.

Who can participate in the research?

Researchers are seeking 2 types of volunteers

  1. Women who have suffered from migraines lasting for at least 4 hours just before or during their period or during ovulation (mid-cycle) in their last 3 menstrual cycles but were free from migraines at other times.
  2. Women who don’t experience migraines associated with their menstrual cycle.

This study is suitable for you if you:

  • are female are aged 18 years or over
  • are pre-menopausal (<6 months since cessation of period)
  • understand the procedures involved and agree to participate in the study by giving full informed consent
  • are willing to fast for one hour and avoid stimulants for two hours before your clinic visit
  • are willing to provide blood samples at your clinic visit

What is involved?

Suitable volunteers will be asked to visit our research unit on one occasion for a 2.5 hour assessment which includes questions about their health and migraines, tests of arterial and cognitive function and an ultrasound examination of blood flow in the brain. A small blood sample will be taken.

Register your interest

If you are interested in participating in the study or have any questions, please contact the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre
Phone: (02) 4921 8616
Email cnrc@newcastle.edu.au

Click here to download Participant Information Statement