Mapping atypical pain processing
Using brain-imaging techniques to analyze and identify imaging biomarkers for concussion, migraine and other headache disorders, Dr. Schwedt and his team study how alterations in brain structure or function are related to pain processing.
Age-related cortical thinning is shown in patients with migraine.
The Neuroimaging of Headache Disorders Laboratory of Todd J. Schwedt, M.D., at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona, integrates multimodal neuroimaging with patient symptoms to better understand the neurobehavioral complexities of migraine and other headache disorders.
Specifically, the aim is to localize the neural correlates of the pain and associated symptoms of migraine and other headache disorders and to investigate the neuroimaging commonalities and differences among these headache disorders. The laboratory utilizes computational modeling techniques that enable the classification of specific headache disorders based upon structural and functional brain magnetic resonance imaging data.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) approved $7 million in funding for the Neuroimaging of Headache Disorders Lab to study migraine treatment strategies.
About Dr. Schwedt
Todd J. Schwedt, M.D., is a neurologist, professor of neurology and chair of Neurology Research at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Schwedt's research focuses on headache, migraine and post-traumatic headache.