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Research and Clinical Trials

Research Led by Rami Burstein, PhD

Rami Burstein, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is proud to be at the forefront of headache medicine with a team led by Rami Burstein, PhD, one of the most renowned researchers in the field.

Dr. Burstein is the Academic Director of the Comprehensive Headache Center. His groundbreaking findings include the individualization of headache medicine, that helps to determine which drug should be given to an individual patient, and the discovery of brain circuits that help explain patients' sensitivity to light (photophobia) and touch (allodynia).

Some patients clearly describe intensified headache pain when exposed to light, in particular blue or gray wavelengths.

Patients Gain Access to Latest Treatments

As a patient at the BIDMC Comprehensive Headache Center, you have the opportunity to participate in one of our clinical research trials and gain access to the latest breakthrough treatments.

When you first meet with your headache specialist, you will be asked about your interest in participating. While participation is completely voluntary, clinical trials can give patients access to new approaches that often do not exist elsewhere. They can also offer a chance to be part of the discovery process as scientists learn more about what causes headaches and discover new methods that can help.

Rami Burstein, PhD (front), and his postdoc Rodrigo Noseda, PhD (back)

State-of-the-Art Facility

Our state-of-the-art facility, designed specifically for the headache patient, includes a designated research area for Dr. Burstein and his team. It is here that this work to better understand and treat headache pain takes place.

Contact Information

Comprehensive Headache Center
Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
One Brookline Place, Suite 621
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-278-8080
Fax: 617-278-8099

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