New Migraine Study for NUI Maynooth Dept. of Psychology

By 19 July 2023MAI News

New Migraine Study for NUI Maynooth Dept. of Psychology

Shannon Richardson is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University. As part of the requirements for her PhD, she is undertaking a new migraine study under the supervision of Dr Unai Diaz-Orueta and Professor Andrew Coogan.

Study Aim

Until recent years Migraine has been perceived as just another headache. Migraine is a neurological disorder that causes severe headaches and physical and mental symptoms that can last for up to 6 days. These symptoms can include changes in the how you feel and how your body and mind function. Until recently researchers have ignored these nonpainful migraine symptoms which can impair wellbeing. It is hoped through this study we will learn more about nonpainful migraine experiences to provide better prediction and treatment of migraine.

This study has three goals:


See if there are any changes in the body or behaviour that happen before a migraine starts, and if these changes can be used to predict when a migraine will happen.

Measure how people’s thinking and mental processes are affected after a migraine attack has ended, during a period called the “postdrome phase.”

Raise awareness among researchers and medical professionals about the complexity of migraines and the need for more research into this condition.

Who Can Take Part:

Adults over the age of 18 years living in Ireland that have been diagnosed with primary migraine (not caused by another health difficulty) by a licenced medical practitioner. Need to have access to a mobile phone daily.

During the study everyone will receive a piece of wearable technology to help with tracking. You keep this wearable technology when the study is completed.

For more IMPORTANT information and to participate in the study, please download and read this PDF carefully.

NUI Maynooth Study Information Sheet

To participate in the Study, please contact Shannon on the email address provided on the information sheet!