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.

How does Column of Hope choose and negotiate research projects?

COH reviews research proposals from institutions with proper investigative research controls. The projects are reviewed first by our volunteer scientific adviser, a neurosurgeon with significant experience in developing medical technology FDA approval for patients. At times, we enlist the assistance of other volunteer scientists with specific expertise. Projects are then voted on by the full COH board of directors. All research projects are governed by a contract which requires the investigators to periodically provide written and... 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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