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Emmanuelle Schindler, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Headache Center of Excellence

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Emmanuelle Schindler, MD, PhD

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Among my efforts to optimize the management of headache disorders, I have developed and executed the first controlled trials investigating the effects and mechanisms of action of psilocybin in cluster, migraine, and post-traumatic headache. Previously, I studied the neuropharmacology of psychedelics and other serotonergic compounds in the context of receptor binding and intracellular signaling. Currently, I’m seeking to identify the source of sustained reductions in headache burden after limited dosing of psychedelic and related compounds, considering several neurobiological systems involved in both headache pathology and the known actions of psychedelic compounds.

Another endeavor of mine is to enhance the understanding of and improve the lives of patients with cluster headache, a severely painful headache disorder also known as “suicide headache.” Recognition and proper management of this condition is woefully lacking. While novel therapies are finally emerging, further research is desperately needed. In addition to better treatments, basic gold-standard therapies, such as inhaled oxygen, remain out of reach for many patients. Education on many levels, including federal regulatory bodies, is required to best serve this patient population that itself has demonstrated immense resilience and optimism in the face of their disease.

Education & Training

  • Advanced Research Fellow
    VA Connecticut Healthcare System (2018)
  • Resident
    Yale School of Medicine (2016)
  • MD
    Drexel University College of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD
    Drexel University College of Medicine, Neuroscience (2010)
  • BS
    College of William & Mary, Biological Psychiatry (2003)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Kindness AwardVA Connecticut Healthcare System2019
Gilbert Glaser AwardYale Neurology2015
American Academy of Neurology AwardAmerican Academy of Neurology2012

Professional Service

International Society for Research on PsychedelicsMember2019 - Present
International Headache SocietyMember2017 - Present
American Headache SocietyMember2014 - Present
American Academy of NeurologyMember2003 - Present

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