Messoud Ashina

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Messoud Ashina
Born (1965-12-29)29 December 1965
Baku, Azerbaijan
Education University of Copenhagen, Azerbaijan Medical University
Medical career
Profession Neurologist
Institutions University of Copenhagen; Rigshospitalet
Notable prizes Roche Prize for Scientific Achievements in Neurology,
GlaxoSmithKline Research Prize,
Mogens Fog Prize

Messoud Ashina is a world-known Danish neuroscientist[1], and a Clinical Professor of Neurology and Chief Physician at the Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.[2] He directs the Human Migraine Research Unit at the Danish Headache Center.[3] He received his MD from Azerbaijan Medical University in 1988 and he later completed his residency in neurology at Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, where he also defended his PhD in 2000 and DMSc in 2003. He currently resides in Copenhagen and is married to Camilla Ashina. He has two children.

Research Area

Professor Ashina has been involved in several types of research about a headache since 1995[4], in particular, experimental headache and migraine models and neuroimaging studies of trigeminovascular pain mechanisms. He has also served in advisory boards of pharmaceutical companies and actively participated in several clinical trials as principal investigator over the last decades. Currently, he is spearheading 9 PhD research programs and mentoring 3 DMSc programs. Moreover, he is the current President of the Danish Headache Society, a board member and Secretary of the European Headache Federation[5], and has also been elected as President for the International Headache Society from 2019-2021.[6]

Promoter (supervisor) of completed PhD & mentor of post doc (DMSc) programs

  • Familial hemiplegic migraine- an experimental genetic headache model (PhD) (Jakob Møller Hansen)
  • Possible role of prostanoids in migraine and other headaches (PhD) (Troels Wienecke)
  • Investigation of carbachol and PACAP38 in human headache and pain models (PhD) (Henrik Winther Schytz)
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging and experimental models of migraine (PhD) (Mohammad Sohail Asghar)
  • Prostaglandins and prostaglandin receptor antagonism in a migraine (PhD) (Maria Antonova)
  • Investigations of functional and structural changes in a migraine with aura by MRI (PhD) (Anders Hougaard)
  • Clinical and physiological characterization of PACAP38-induced headache and migraine (PhD) (Faisal Mohammad Amin)
  • Cerebral autoregulation in cerebrovascular disease measured by NIRS (PhD) (Dorte Phillip)
  • NIRS investigations in neurovascular diseases (DMSc) (Henrik Winther Schytz).
  • The role of genetics on migraine induction triggered by CGRP and PACAP38 (PhD) (Song Guo)


Professor Ashina has authored over 300 papers, abstracts and book chapters, including more than 150 registered publications in PubMed (1997-2017).[7] He is also the editor of the book 'Pathophysiology of Headaches'. His overall citation index is 5713 (3528 since 2012) and H-index 42 (32 since 2012).[8]


  1. ^ "Messoud Ashina - The Lancet Neurology" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Curriculum Vitae - RegionH". 
  3. ^ "Master of Headache Disorders - University of Copenhagen". 
  4. ^ "Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". 
  5. ^ "European Headache Federation Board". 
  6. ^ "Newsletter July 2017 - International Headache Society" (PDF). 
  7. ^ " - Massoud Ashina". 
  8. ^ "Google Scholar - Messoud Ashina". 
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