- Cortical Spreading Depression
- Headache Disorders
Board Certification and Academic Information
||Neurology - Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Assistant Professor
||Headache and Neuro-Ophthalmology
||American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
383 Colorow Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Dr. K.C. Brennan is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He was educated at Georgetown University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was faculty at UCLA before being recruited to the University of Utah.
Dr. Brennan's clinical practice is dedicated to the headache disorders. These conditions, which include migraine, cluster headache, and post-traumatic headache, are disabling, often stigmatized, and poorly understood. It is becoming increasingly clear that these disorders are not 'just headache,' but complex disruptions of brain excitability and homeostasis.
Dr. Brennan spends much of his time examining the basic mechanisms of migraine. Cortical spreading depression (CSD), a massive spreading wave of brain activity, is a major interest. CSD is thought to be the basis of the migraine aura, and is likely a trigger for migraine pain. It is also involved in stroke, seizures, and traumatic brain injury. An understanding of CSD could thus lead to insights broadly relevant to neurological disease.
In addition to laboratory work, Dr. Brennan is involved in focused clinical research on the basic mechanisms of migraine.