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The world’s first research centre for cluster headaches

Thanks to a donation of SEK 35 million from financier and philanthropist Rune Andersson, Karolinska Institutet’s research group leader Andrea Carmine Belin will very soon be setting up the world’s first research centre specializing exclusively in cluster headaches.

“The emergency prophylactic treatments available have been developed for other diseases and aren’t optimal,” says docent and research group leader Andrea Carmine Belin, around whose group the research centre will be built. “We need to know more about the disease before we can identify and develop better treatments, if not cures.”

Easier and faster to combine preclinical and clinical research

The aim of creating a centre for cluster headache research is to make it easier and faster to combine preclinical and clinical research. Working in parallel like this will bring advances and breakthroughs to patients more quickly. The centre will also facilitate international collaboration and the rapid exchange of knowledge, it states.


Photo of Andrea Carmine Belin och Rune Andersson 2018. Photographer: Katrin Wellfelt


With its modern research environments, a well-developed connection with the healthcare sector and a wholly unique biobank of samples and clinical information from patients diagnosed with cluster headache, KI is already fully equipped to establish such a centre, they state. What has so far been lacking is financing. Now, however, Rune Andersson’s SEK 35 million donation will enable Dr Carmine Belin’s research group to grow and develop.

“Our researchers are already making progress in the field, and we aim to get closer to a final solution to this medical mystery,” she says. “Thanks to this generous donation we’ll be able to take our research to another level with the hope of placing KI at the global forefront of cluster headache.”

The Centre for Cluster Headache will be based at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.

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