Sleep Biology and Migraine
Webinar recorded on April 19, 2021
Dr. Angeliki Vgontzas reviews select subjective and objective studies of sleep in those with migraine. She argues that all patients with migraine should be screened for sleep disorders. Rather than thinking of poor sleep as simply triggering headaches, she speculates on how the two chronic conditions share common core pathophysiologies. Questions from attendees were answered after the presentation.
Dr. Vgontzas is a researcher and instructor of neurology at Harvard University and a practicing clinician in Brigham and Women's Hospital’s neurology department. She received her M.D. from Penn State’s College of Medicine, completed her Neurology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and her headache fellowship at the John R. Graham Headache Center. She has researched migraine and pain since 2005 and now specializes in the genetics of migraine epidemiology. She received an NIH intramural research training award and studied migraine at the National Institute of Mental Health’s Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch. While there, she helped develop a research tool to assess sleep patterns and pathologies in patients with migraine, and her work is reflected in numerous peer-reviewed publications on sleep and migraine.