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University of Essex researchers hail breakthrough in defeating migraines

PUBLISHED: 09:36 14 September 2018

New treatments for migraines could be on there way Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

New treatments for migraines could be on there way Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

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Researchers at the university are helping to increase understanding behind the condition.

An international collaboration of scientists, including those from the University of Essex, has detailed a chemical process that can cause migraines.

Such research will be able to help increase understanding around the condition which is the third most common illness in the world, affecting one billion people.

Research shows that a molecule called CGRP could play an important role in a migraine with the new information helping scientists to better understand its structure.

It’s hoped that with more information researchers will be able to find new treatments for migraines with some already in the pipeline.

Professor Chris Reynolds, from the University of Essex’s School of Biological Sciences, said: “This partnership and the work of our brilliant post-doc Giuseppe Deganutti has brought this structure to life by showing the dynamics of how the CGRP receptor moves.”

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