Migraine does not take lives but days from your life. Take them back!
May 30th 10:50 - 11:30
Hypothalamus and Cephalic Pain
Network gain and plasticity in migraine
Dr. Brennan is Associate Professor, Fred W. and Christine A. Fairclough Endowed Chair, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah. Dr. Brennan’s research and clinical care both focus on the headache disorders. His laboratory examines the basic mechanisms of migraine and post-traumatic headache. Of particular interest are spreading depolarizations, waves of massive excitation that are also relevant to stroke and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Brennan and his colleagues also perform physiological research on patients with migraine and post-traumatic headache, and are expanding efforts to develop migraine-relevant drug screening.
KC Brennan got his undergraduate degree (in Political Science) from Georgetown University in 1993. He later went back to Georgetown to do Pre-Med coursework, and got his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2001. His internship was at George Washington University Medical Center, and residency in Neurology was at UCLA. He stayed on at UCLA for a combined fellowship in headache medicine and basic neuroscience research, working with Drs. Andy Charles, Art Toga, and Art Arnold. In the summer of 2007 he participated in the Imaging Neurons course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Dr. Brennan joined the Neurology faculty at UCLA in 2008, and was recruited to the University of Utah in 2010, where he is Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy, Division Chief for Translational Neuroscience, and Vice Chair for Research.
Dr. Brennan’s Headache Physiology Laboratory uses optical and electrophysiological approaches to examine the basic mechanisms of migraine and post-traumatic headache. Of particular interest are spreading depolarizations, waves of massive excitation that are also relevant to stroke and traumatic brain injury. He and his colleagues also do focused physiological research on patients with migraine and post-traumatic headache. The laboratory is funded by the NIH and the Department of Defense, and its work has been honored by the American Academy of Neurology (Wolff-Graham Award, 2013) and the American Headache Society (Harold Wolff Award, 2012). In 2018 he became the inaugural Fred W. and Christine A. Fairclough Endowed Chair in Neurology at the University of Utah, in recognition for his headache research.
Dr. Brennan is on the Scientific Advisory Board University of Utah’s Neuroscience Initiative. As such he plays an active role in the University’s Neuroscience community, particularly in bridging the clinical and basic sciences. He has had leadership roles in the annual meetings of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. He is on the editorial board of Pain Medicine, and has served as a reviewer for multiple journals including Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, Brain, Annals of Neurology, and Neurology. He serves on study sections for NIH and the Department of Defense. He is a Fellow of the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Brennan has mentored over 40 trainees including both clinicians and basic scientists. His trainees have obtained funding from the NIH, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Neurology, and the International Headache Society, and have gone on to positions in academic medicine, basic science, and biotech.
Dr. Brennan sees patients in the Headache Clinic and on the Neurology Consult Service. He teaches and directs courses in both the Medical and Graduate School. He is active in advocacy for the headache disorders.
In his free time, Dr. Brennan likes rowing, backcountry skiing, reading, and watching his children grow.