SWHR Migraine Network members — including researchers, health care providers, patients and health care decision-makers — will provide thought leadership about migraine in the U.S. health care system, including:

  • Identifying approaches for engaging, educating, and empowering patients, health care professionals, and health care decision-makers about the costs and burden of migraine
  • Developing strategies and tools for implementing these approaches to inform and impact value driven health care decision-making
  • Building a plan for reaching and mobilizing a broad community with an organized voice for advancing this work



Dawn Buse, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Paul Fronstin, PhD, Employee Benefit Research Institute

Laurie Garner, PA-C, PhD, Woodford Family Physicians

Kelly Gavigan, MPH, Global Healthy Living Foundation

Brian Gifford, PhD, Integrated Benefits Institute

Toni M. Guglielmo, patient

Matthew Harman, PharmD, MPH, Employers Health

Emily Kandel, parent of patient

Lauren Neves, JD, PhRMA

Jelena Pavlovic, MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Kembre Roberts, Southwest Airlines

Jaime Sanders, patient

Donna Shaw, patient

Karen T. Smith, patient

Amaal Starling, MD, Mayo Clinic

Christine Utley, DNP, RN, University of Toledo

Sara van Geertruyden, Partnership to Improve Patient Care

William B. Young, MD, Thomas Jefferson University


Peer-Reviewed Paper: Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine — Evaluating Knowledge Gaps, Journal of Women’s Health

Media Coverage


Migraine is a chronic debilitating, painful disease affecting more than 47 million Americans — 14% of the population — and is the second leading cause of global burden of disability. Migraine is three times more common in women than men and places significant burden on women, their families, and society as a whole.

  • Migraine affects women differently than men.
  • Women are more likely than men to experience longer and more intense migraines, more symptoms such as nausea and visual aura, and higher levels of  disability.
  • Women account for 80 percent of an estimated $78 billion in direct and indirect costs associated with migraine in the United States

Program Director

Rebecca Nebel, PhD
SWHR Director of Scientific Programs


Speeding Progress in Migraine Requires Unraveling Sex Differences

To decrease the substantial health and economic burden of migraine on individuals and society, researchers need to examine and address how the disease differs between women and men, according to an SWHR report in the August issue of the Journal of Women’s Health.

Hormones and Migraine: A Lifelong Connection

For women with migraine, fluctuating hormonal levels both during their monthly menstrual cycle and over the course of their lifespan are intimately connected to their experience with migraine.

Hill Briefing: Addressing Migraine Burden Through Research and Policy

To draw attention to the need for research and policy changes to address migraine burden, advocacy group Research!America hosted a congressional briefing that included SWHR President and CEO Amy M. Miller.

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