New development Erasmus Rucphen Family (ERF) Study

Research by the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and the Erasmus MC proves that depression among patients with migraine is not necessarily caused by their disease. The occurrence of migraine and depression at the same time has, at least partly, its origin in shared genetical factors. The results of this study have been recently published in the international magazine Neurology.

One out of 10 Dutchmen suffer from migraine on a regular basis. Patients that simultaneously suffer from depression have a higher risk of developing a chronic form of migraine. The cost of migraine for the Dutch society is several billion euro’s per year. Since 1977 the LUMC has performed research after the causes and treatment of migraine. The departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, and the GGZ Leiden, momentarily work together to develop a new approach in the treatment of migraine and depression.

Source: Leiden University Medical Centre