Richard P. Kraig Ph.D. M.D.

William D. Mabie Professor in the Neurosciences, The University of Chicago Medical Center


Dr. Richard P. Kraig is the William D. Mabie Professor in the Neurosciences and the Director of the Migraine Headache Clinic and Cerebrovascular Disease and Aging Laboratory at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He received his B.A. in chemistry from Cornell College, in Mt. Vernon, Iowa; Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from The University of Iowa, M.D. from New York University and completed post graduate neurology training at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Kraig has studied the mechanisms and consequences of spreading depression for more than thirty years, and brings results of this work to his care of migraine patients. He currently is exploring how spreading depression and environmental enrichment (i.e., increased social, physical and intellectual activity), which share similar molecular and cellular bases, make brain more resilient against brain disease, an area termed “neurological preventive health.”