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2020 Emerging Leaders Prize – Highly Commended – Dr Philip Holland

Lead researcher

Dr Philip Holland

Institution

King's College London

Status

Live

Amount awarded

£10,000

Last updated

17/12/20

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This award will be transformative for my research, but it will also increase my visibility and that of migraine, supporting my long-term aim of using innovative technology to explore mechanism-based research that will underpin future clinical translation.
Dr Philip Holland
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Migraine is one of the most common, disabling conditions in the world, affecting over one billion people.

Patients experience repeated bouts of head pain that worsen due to everyday activities, including exposure to light and movement. Research by Dr Holland, a Senior Lecturer from King’s, aims to understand why the brain of a migraine patient abnormally processes pain signals during an attack and how we can develop new treatments to reduce the impact of migraine on everyday life.

To date, Dr Holland has managed to translate several of his research findings into novel therapies that are in clinical development or already used successfully in patients, including a non-drug approach that delivers small magnetic pulses to the brain to help reduce pain signalling in migraine.

On being awarded the prize, Dr Holland said:

“This award will be transformative for my research, but it will also increase my visibility and that of migraine, supporting my long-term aim of using innovative technology to explore mechanism-based research that will underpin future clinical translation."

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