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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.

16th Annual Working Toward a Day Without Pain Gala Review

Oct. 13, 2018……Column of Hope pulled off another stunning gala at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo! There was a sense of excitement in the air as people lined up for raffle tickets and posed for photos. Many were enjoying a fall inspired cocktail and delicious hors d’oeuvres while perusing the diverse selection of raffle items. Kind, fun competition ensued as guests increased their bids on the plentiful silent auction items.

A first-class meal was enjoyed by all! The members of the Kane and Punyon family band treated us to a fine selection... 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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