The Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Healthy Brains for Better Lives
Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Office: Room 480043, 4th floor, South Health Campus
Lab: South Health Campus, CHAMP
4448 Front Street SE
Calgary, AB T3M 1M4
My research interests include new therapeutics and optimization of existing therapies in migraine patients, as well as advancements in rarer forms of headache, such as spontaneous intracranial hypotension. At this time, I am the principal investigator for two investigator-initiated clinical trials. The first trial is looking at the subset of migraine patients who have medication overuse headache to assess whether Frovatriptan, a migraine-specific medication, can be effective as a transitional therapy in patients, as they stop the overuse of analgesic medications.The second trial is assessing whether regular exercise can be beneficial in reducing migraine frequency, severity and disability, as compared to a control group. Exercise has not previously been studied in a clinical trial in migraine patients.In addition, I am currently completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology with a focus on migraine and depression. Specifically I am interested in determining the prevalence of depression in migraine, associated factors between the two disorders, and validation of depression screening tools in this unique patient population.