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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.

Research Update - January 2016

Column of Hope is excited to announce that two COH funded studies have been published this month.

1) Cerebellar and hindbrain motion in Chiari malformation with and without syringomyelia: This study has moved us closer to understanding the root cause of the Chiari headache, and suggests that brain motion might not be a factor in syrinx development.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26722953/

2) Inwardly rectifying potassium channel 4.1 expression in post-traumatic syringomyelia: This Journal of Neurosurgery article documents the... Read More



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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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