School of Medicine

Neurology Headache Physiology Lab

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

K.C. Brennan, MD

Dr. K.C. Brennan is Associate Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He was educated at Georgetown University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Brennan's clinical practice is dedicated to the headache disorders. These conditions, ... Read More

Specialties: Cluster, General Neurology, Headache, Migraine, Neurology, Traumatic Brain Injury

Lab Members

Dan Kaufmann, PhD

Dan Kaufmann, PhD

As a post-doctoral fellow within the Anticonvulsant Drug Development (ADD) program, Dan is characterizing a novel valproic acid amide analogue, sec-butyl propylacetamide (SPD). Dan is characterizing SPD for the treatment of epilepsy, neuropathic and inflammatory pain, and migraine disorders and evaluating its mechanism of action.
Punam Sawant, PhD

Punam Sawant, PhD

My project examines the brain excitability mechanisms that might contribute to both post-traumatic epilepsy and headache.
Jeremy Theriot, PhD

Jeremy Theriot, PhD

My current work involves the design and fabrication of imaging systems for in vivo characterization of cortical spreading depression. The application of these technologies is directed toward developing treatments for migraine, traumatic brain injury and other brain disorders.
Pratyush Suryavanshi, MS

Pratyush Suryavanshi, MS

I am a Neuroscience graduate student in the lab.  My main research interest is to study synaptic and cellular effects of cortical spreading depression (CSD).  Migraine aura, a form of sensory hallucination often aberrations in sensory processing across different modalities are unknow.  With the help of electrophysiological and imaging techniques, my aim is to uncover synaptic and cellular mechanisms underlying CSD induced changes in sensory network.
Patrick Parker, BSc

Patrick Parker, BSc

I am a PhD candidate in the lab and a pre-doctoral fellow for the National Science Foundation. My research uses in vivo imaging to look at changes in neural processing and neurotransmitter regulation in mouse models of migraine. I'm particularly interested in the interplay between astrocytes and neurons and how astrocyte dysfunction can alter processing within the neural network. Outside of the lab, I'm chair of our local Brain Awareness committee and focus on public education of brain function and neuroscience research.