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

Gala 2014 Review, Barbara Woodworth

Gala 2014

Another year. Another success. On Saturday night, October 25, 2014 the 12th annual “Working Toward a Day Without Pain” Gala was held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Well attended by local and out-of-town guests, attendees joined together to share in both the fun and efforts to raise funds to support ongoing research to advance the treatment of Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury and related conditions.

Far from disappointed, after listening to keynote speaker Dr. Marcus Stoodley of Australia... 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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