HMRI’s Dr. Alfred Fonteh attended the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology DEUEL Conference on Lipids at Dana Point, CA, from March 5-8, 2019. Dr. Fonteh presented three abstracts on the ongoing collaboration between the Neuroscience Program and Dr. Robert Cowan of Stanford University on chronic migraine research. The first abstract showed an increased breakdown of lipids in plasma obtained from patients with chronic migraine compared with control study participants. The second abstract showed that medications used to treat inflammation or pain reduced the breakdown of lipids in plasma from chronic migraine patients. The third abstract showed that conditions such as depression or obesity that are common in migraine patients were also related to the differences in plasma lipid profiles. Together, these studies show that chronic migraine patients have abnormal lipid metabolism that can be exploited by physician/scientists to monitor migraine severity, response to current medications, or to discover better treatments.