Allay was founded by a team of migraine researchers and entrepreneurs as a way to help those who suffer from light sensitivity and headaches.
When Harvard Medical School Professor Rami Burstein discovered he had isolated a natural band of light that could help people with light sensitivity get back to their everyday lives, his dream was to create a lightbulb that would help them function without discomfort.
After talking to lighting experts about mass-producing his research device’s $50,000 bulb, he got his first cost estimate: $20,000. So he kept searching.
A short time later, he found three enthusiastic entrepreneurs who were eager to help make his dream a reality. They contacted the creative engineer who designed and installed the lights for NASA on the space station, and he helped design a light that delivers the precise band of light needed at an affordable cost. Within a year, the Allay Lamp was born.
The Allay team is focused on one simple mission: to help people with light sensitivity emerge from the darkness and get back to doing what they love.
Meet Prof. Burstein
Prof. Rami Burstein, a Harvard Medical School neuroscientist, is considered a world leader in the science of migraine and headache pain. His numerous discoveries have enabled doctors to better understand, diagnose, and bring relief to migraine patients around the world.
In addition to discovering the narrow band of light that does not irritate people with migraine and light sensitivity, which he developed into the Allay Lamp, he also discovered why common migraine drugs help some patients, don’t help others, and why they work better when taken early; how Botox prevents migraines in some patients; and how brain areas that control sleep and appetite are involved in starting a migraine attack.
Prof. Burstein’s focus:
Prof. Burstein dedicates his time to helping those who suffer from migraine headaches and pain. The main focus of his clinical and laboratory studies is to explain how different parts of the brain cause a person’s experience of migraine, including areas such as emotions, headache, nausea, sensitivity to light, pain, and difficulty concentrating.
How he works:
Prof. Burstein’s research is a two-way street between patients and the laboratory. He generates ideas from listening to patients and tries them in the lab. His studies in the lab also generate ideas that he then tests with patients by asking them questions about things they may not have noticed previously or had never been asked. “Does your hair hurt?” “Do you prefer to wear looser clothes when you have migraines?” “Do you take off your jewelry during a migraine?” Having their difficult symptoms recognized and explained is often reassuring to patients and at the same time helps doctors better understand what patients tell them and why they experience their symptoms.
Together with his team of research colleagues, Prof. Burstein publishes prolifically in top peer-reviewed journals, serves on scientific and review committees, and lectures throughout the world.