Headache Research and Treatment Program

The focus of the UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program is to provide cutting edge approaches based on the most recent scientific understanding of headache and pain.

Our faculty provide consultations that include


The first step in the best management of headache disorders is an accurate diagnosis. Making this diagnosis involves collecting information about a patient history, performing a neurological examination, and obtaining any necessary tests (such as scans or blood tests).

Identification of exacerbating factors

Headache disorders can be made worse by a variety of environmental conditions, lifestyle habits, or medications. In some patients, relatively minor changes to address these exacerbating factors can lead to a substantial improvement in headache frequency and severity.

Acute therapy

This refers to treatments that are used to stop a headache attack when it occurs. The goal is to provide patients with a plan for how to most effectively respond to a headache episode once it has begun.

Preventive therapy

This refers to treatments that are used on a regular basis to prevent headache episodes from occurring. Preventive therapy is typically reserved for patients for whom headaches occur frequently, or are inadequately treated with acute therapy.

We also perform clinical trials of new treatment modalities that may not yet be approved or in widespread use for headache and pain disorders.