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Study Determines New and Surprising Gene for Migraine


While migraine – a highly disabling headache disorder that affects up to 60 million Americans each year – often runs in families, only a handful of genes has so far been identified that confer some susceptibility to variants of the disease. A recent study by Robert E. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and colleagues, discovered that a mutation in the gene casein kinase 1 delta (CK1δ) previously shown to be pivotal in body clock regulation, can increase susceptibility to migraine.

This study was supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health, the A.P. Giannini Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Migraine Research Foundation, the American Headache Society, and the Sandler Neurogenetic Fund.

Photo credit: University of Vermont Medical Photography

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