Migraine patients invited to take part in groundbreaking research trial

Can you help in a new migraine study? 

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is leading the way in an exciting and important clinical trial in migraine treatment. 

The trial is looking for people to take part in testing the effectiveness of a new medical device to treat migraine attacks.

Jitka Vanderpol, Consultant Neurologist at CPFT, explained:

"The trial, called COOLHEAD 2 is now open and recruiting migraine patients from the north Cumbria region. This is a unique opportunity for patients from Cumbria to be part of a groundbreaking pivotal trial.

“The device we will use cools the inside of the nose, which may narrow blood vessels in the brain that are widened during a migraine. Two small, narrow prongs are inserted into the nose, thereby cooling the area directly under the brain which may provide pain relief."

COOLHEAD 2 Trial calling for volunteers

Places are limited with a maximum of 20 spaces available. There is no need to come into hospital for any part of the trial, as everything will be done in the patient’s own home.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and less than 70 years of age. They must have a diagnosis of migraine headache from their GP or headache specialist doctor and have between 1 and 15 days with migraine headache per month. Further criteria will be discussed with potential trial volunteers during an initial phone call

Further information can be obtained by calling the COOL HEAD research team on 07493 129333


Phase 1 of the COOLHEAD trial saw Dr Vanderpol and her team receive the Bright Ideas in Health Award 2015. To read more about the success click here > 

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