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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.

14th Day without Pain Gala was a Success!

It is with grateful thanks that Column of Hope acknowledges the huge success of its 14th annual GALA, held this year at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara in Amherst, New York. With an attendance rocking around 200, this year’s participants not only remain committed to supporting the next “Working Toward a Day Without Pain,” they are already looking forward to next year’s 15th annual celebration, scheduled to return to the Buffalo Hyatt Regency Hotel on October 21, 2017.

This year’s function was especially noteworthy as Dr. Marcus Stoodley... 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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