Nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population experiences migraine headaches, and migraine ranks as one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. In this talk, Pamela Rist will discuss some of her team's research on the health effects of migraine, including the association between migraine and cardiovascular disease risk factors, stroke and cognitive decline. She will also provide an overview of some of the unique methodological challenges facing migraine researchers and highlight some future research directions.
Pamela Rist, Sc.D., is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an associate epidemiologist in the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her academic research interests are primarily focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (particularly stroke) and neurologic diseases (especially those with a vascular component), with the goal of identifying ways to reduce the morbidity burden associated with stroke, migraine and cognitive decline. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Rist is actively involved in teaching at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.