Centre for Pain Research

Do you suffer from headaches? We would like to hear from you

Are you one of the many people in the UK who struggle with frequent tension-type headaches? Researchers at the University of Bath are looking for volunteers to take part in a study which aims to find out how having a headache can affect task performance.

The research will take place over two visits, arranged at your convenience, and could be in our pain laboratory at the University, GP surgeries, your workplace or home.

You will complete some short computer tasks and questionnaires, once when you have a headache and another time when you are free from headache. Participants should be 18 years or over. All data collected will be kept confidentially.

People completing the study will be paid £25 and all reasonable expenses will be paid.

If you are interested in taking part and aged 18 years or over you can contact the researchers via email. You may have been identified by another person such as your GP or pharmacist as a potential participant; you can find out more about the study on these webpages and please contact us for further information if you are interested.

Who is conducting this research?

This study is being run by a group of researchers from the University of Bath’s Centre for Pain Research. Professor Chris Eccleston and Dr Ed Keogh are leading the project.

Dr Nina Attridge and Dr Donna Ghezzi are the Research Officer working full time on the headache study. They will be running the data collection sessions with participants.

Lisa Austin is the Research Manager for the Centre for Pain Research and is overseeing the management of the headache study.

Who can take part?

We are looking for healthy adults aged 18+ to take part. This means that participants should not currently be suffering from serious medical conditions or regularly taking certain medications. We aim to be as inclusive as possible and we hope to recruit participants from across the whole community. As either you must travel to us or we to you, it is easier if participants live within an hour’s journey of the University of Bath.

What will I have to do?

You will first have the opportunity to discuss the study with the researchers and to ask any questions you may have (via telephone) so that you can decide whether or not you wish to participate. You can then take as long as you need to decide whether or not you wish to participate in the study and can ask further questions at any stage.

If you decide you want to sign up, we would then ask to meet with you on two occasions to collect your data. Before starting, we will ask you to give your written consent to take part (although you can withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason). In both sessions you will fill in some questionnaires about yourself and you will perform some computerised tasks. One session will occur whilst you have a headache and the other whilst you do not have a headache.

The first session will last about one hour and the second session will last about 45 minutes on average. Sessions will be scheduled at your convenience, but all sessions must take place between October 2013 and August 2014. You will be suitably reimbursed for your time.


Here you can download the information and consent sheets for the study, as well as a campus map and campus directions in case you have one of your research meetings on the campus.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about the study or would like to sign up you can contact us on the details below and we will get back to you:

Email: headache-study@bath.ac.uk
Telephone: 01225 384225 (if we are out of the office please leave a message and we will return your call)

Donna Ghezzi
Centre for Pain Research
University of Bath
Claverton Down