Educating Policymakers on the Burden of Migraine in Society and the Need for Greater Research Funding

My project seeks to bring awareness to a variety of issues surrounding migraines, such as their prevalence in the general population, the cost of lost productivity due to migraines, what current research is being done, and the proportionally small amount of NIH funding migraine research receives relative to its burden of disease. In order to effectively inform policymakers about these issues, I am collaborating with the UI Public Policy Center to write a policy brief and develop an infographic summarizing my findings. My goal is to present the information in a way that is visually appealing and easily understandable to those who have little to no background knowledge about the topic. This work will be published on the UI Public Policy Center website, and ideally the websites of various migraine advocacy foundations, so that it is easily accessible to legislators as well as the general public.

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Abby is a junior majoring in neuroscience and ethics & public policy and minoring in chemistry. She has been working in Dr. Andy Russo’s lab since the summer before her freshman year studying the role of neuropeptide CGRP in the pathophysiology of migraines. When she’s not in the lab or studying for her classes, she enjoys being active outside by running, hiking, and playing ultimate frisbee. She hopes to earn her M.D. as well as a masters in Public Health to address larger issues in healthcare through public policy.