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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.

Review and Photos of the 17th Annual Working Toward a Day Gala, Lighting the Way to a Cure

Seventeen years and counting! That is how long Column of Hope (COH) and its predecessor have efficiently planned, and impeccably carried out, annual galas dedicated to Working Toward a day Without Pain. At the most recent gala, held on the night of October 26, 2019, over 200 attendees gathered in the ballroom of the Buffalo Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center to “…make a difference, stop the pain, find a cure, and change people’s lives.” Laura Kane-Punyon

Several accomplishments were highlighted at the gala, including, but not... 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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