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Chiari and Syringomyelia Research Foundation - Working toward a life without pain.

Our Mission: Searching for better understanding, treatments, and cures for Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury and related conditions.

Research Update - June 2013

Column of Hope is pleased to announce the awarding of a $100,000 follow-on grant to continue the advancement of the research progress made by Dr. Marcus Stoodley’s team in Sydney, Australia. COH’s sponsored research has made unprecedented progress in the last eighteen months. The following link will take you to seven journal articles published in 2012 and 2013: COH Research 2012-13.

COH’s efforts are focused in two main areas. The first arm of our research is to solve the 470 year mystery of the mechanism by which Chiari malformation,... Read More



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A normal brain and spinal cord.
Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia.

What is Chiari Malformation?

Chiari I malformation is when the back of the skull is abnormally small. When this happens there is not enough room for the brain to fit in the skull properly and part of the brain is forced out of the skull into the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms in the spinal cord. The cyst is called a syrinx and can expand and elongate over time, destroying the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain occurs when there is a malfunction in the part of the nervous system that tells the brain that tissue is injured. While there may be no injury to the tissue where the pain exists, the nervous system tells the brain that there is damage, causing pain. Learn more

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