Messoud Ashina is Professor of Neurology in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Professor Ashina received his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the Azerbaijan Medical University. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Copenhagen. Dr. Ashina received his PhD and DMSc degrees at the University of Copenhagen.
He is Director of the Human Migraine Research Unit at the Danish Headache Center and Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet Glostrup.
The Human Migraine Research Unit is an integral part of the Danish Headache Center and Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet – Glostrup. We seek to understand molecular mechanisms of migraine and to identify disease specific biomarkers (fingerprints of migraine). The core expertise of our members is human provocation models of migraine and ultrasound-based diagnostic imaging techniques used for visualizing vascular responses during experimentally induced migraine attacks.
Over recent years, we have added additional expertise in functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (incl. MR-angiography & functional MRI). These advanced imaging techniques constitute an important supplement to our provocation models and provide new and exciting insights into migraine pathophysiology. Furthermore, we have extended our field of interest by utilizing migraine genetic discoveries in human models of migraine to investigate functional consequences of genetic mutations.
Opening of ATP-sensitive potassium channels caused migraine attacks in all patients. This suggests a crucial role of these channels in migraine pathophysiology and that KATP channel blockers could be potential targets for novel drugs for migraine.