Column of Hope

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.

July 1, 2020 - Column of Hope Research Update and Links to Videos of the 2019 CSF Flow at Niagara Falls International Conference Patient & Caregiver Session, hosted by Column of Hope

How lucky were we at Column of Hope to have our research conference in Buffalo for 100 neuroscientists from 5 continents last year instead of this year?!The CSF Flow at Niagara Falls International Conference was held on June 26 - 28,2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo, NY.

This one-year anniversary of the conference is a perfect time to announce that our main 2020 research project can finally start back up in Sydney, Australia after 3+ months of a COVID-19 pause.

We are building on the knowledge from past research to:

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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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