Sait Ashina, MD

  • Specialty: Neurology
  • Languages: English, Danish, Russian
  • Phone: 718-630-8600
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About Me

Conditions and Treatments

migraine headache, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, tension headache, cluster headaches, cervicogenic headache, muscle contraction headache, occipital neuralgia, dizziness, facial pain

Credentials

Positions
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
  • Director, Headache Center at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology, 2011
Education and Training
  • Residency, Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center, Neurology, 2010
  • Fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center, Headache & Facial Pain, 2007
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NYU Langone Brooklyn - Medical Arts Pavilion

8714 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

NYU Neurology Associates

240 East 38th Street, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Research My Research

Interests

migraine, tension-type headache, chronic headache, epidemiology, quantitative sensory testing , headache comorbidities

Research Summary

From 1998 until 2005 I was involved in developing experimental pain models using electrical stimulation to study the pathophysiology of primary headaches, including chronic tension-type headache. I conducted this research project at the Danish Headache Center of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, under the supervision of Rigmor Jensen, MD, PhD, and Lars Bendtsen, MD, PhD.

In 2002 and 2003 I visited the Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, where I studied the induction and assessment of long-term potentiation of cutaneous and muscular nociception in humans. This research, conducted under the supervision of Rolf-Detlef Treede, MD, PhD, concluded that the pathophysiology of chronic tension-type headache involves central sensitization of nociceptive pathways or increased excitability of central nociceptive neurons and that cutaneous and intramuscular electrical stimulation can be used to study the pathophysiology of chronic headache conditions.

In 2006 I joined the research group at the Montefiore Headache Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Under the supervision of Richard Lipton, MD, I conducted epidemiological research investigating risk factors for the chronification of migraine. I collaborated with Rami Burstein, PhD, from Harvard Medical School. I was involved in developing the Allodynia Symptom Checklist, which helps to capture allodynia in population studies of migraine.

My research has demonstrated that depression, anxiety, and cutaneous allodynia are independent risk factors for the transformation of episodic migraine to the more severe and disabling chronic migraine.

My current research interests also include comorbidities of primary headaches and their relation to headaches. I collbaborate with the NYU Department of Radiology to study white matter abnormalities in migraineurs. I am also involved in a clinical trial involving treatment of chronic migraine with an anti-CGRP (calcitonin gene-related peptide) monoclonal antibody.

Academic Contact

Academic office

240 East 38th Street

Twentieth Floor

New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-7744

Research Interests Timeline

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Publications

  • Calcitonin gene-related peptide and pain: a systematic review

    Schou, Wendy Sophie; Ashina, Sait; Amin, Faisal Mohammad; Goadsby, Peter J; Ashina, Messoud Schou, Wendy Sophie; Ashina, Sait; Amin, Faisal Mohammad; Goadsby, Peter J; Ashina, Messoud
    Journal of headache & pain. 2017 Dec. 18 (1): 34-34

  • Calcitonin gene-related peptide antagonism and cluster headache: an emerging new treatment

    Ashina, Hakan; Newman, Lawrence; Ashina, Sait Ashina, Hakan; Newman, Lawrence; Ashina, Sait
    Neurological sciences. 2017 Aug 30. 38 (12): 2089-2093

  • Measurement of Blood Flow Velocity in the Middle Cerebral Artery During Spontaneous Migraine Attacks: A Systematic Review

    Shayestagul, Nisar A; Christensen, Casper E; Amin, Faisal Mohammad; Ashina, Sait; Ashina, Messoud Shayestagul, Nisar A; Christensen, Casper E; Amin, Faisal Mohammad; Ashina, Sait; Ashina, Messoud
    Headache. 2017 May 3. 57 (6): 852-861

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