Migraine Biochemistry: CGRP & Beyond

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Key Questions
  • What is calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and what role does it play in migraine disease?
  • Which medications disrupt the CGRP pathway to assist in managing migraine attacks?
  • How have CGRP inhibitor medications benefitted those with migraine?
  • What do we know so far about the potential side effects of CGRP-targeted medications?
  • Why do some people not respond as well as others to CGRP inhibitors?
  • What is pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) and what role does it play in migraine treatment?
  • Could an individual’s migraine symptoms potentially stem from both the CGRP and PACAP pathways?
  • What other substances are researchers currently looking at for potential treatments?
  • How can learning more about existing medications help us to understand migraine’s different manifestations?
  • How much potential is there for migraine treatments beyond CGRP?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Almotriptan (Axert)
  • Amitriptyline
  • Atogepant (Qulipta)
  • CGRP inhibitors
  • CGRP monoclonal antibodies (mAbs)
  • CGRP small-molecule receptor antagonists (gepants)
  • Eletriptan (Relpax)
  • Eptinezumab (Vyepti)
  • Erenumab (Aimovig)
  • Fremanezumab (Ajovy)
  • Frovatriptan (Frova)
  • Galcanezumab (Emgality)
  • Naratriptan (Amerge)
  • Propranolol
  • Rimegepant (Nurtec)
  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt)
  • Sumatriptan (Imitrex)
  • Topiramate (Topamax)
  • Triptans
  • Ubrogepant (Ubrelvy)
  • Zavegepant (Zavzpret)
  • Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

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Peter Goadsby

Peter Goadsby, MD, PhD, FRS

Professor of Neurology and Neurologist
King's College London

Dr. Peter J. Goadsby is one of the world’s leading headache neurologists and researchers. He is a professor at King’s College London and an emeritus professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Goadsby is on the board of directors of the American Headache Society, and is also a trustee for The Migraine Trust.

He serves on the scientific advisory board and executive committee for the American Registry for Migraine Research (ARMR). He was one of the first to explore calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), the protein known for its involvement in migraine. This discovery has been instrumental in creating the new class of medications CGRP blockers, including Aimovig (erenumab), Ajovy (fremanezumab), Emgality (galcanezumab), Nurtec ODT (rimegepant), Qulipta (atogepant), and Vyepti (eptinezumab).

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