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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.
Research Update - July 2015
We are pleased to announce the new research contracts we have approved for 2015, and to summarize our accomplishments of the past year.
Our post-traumatic syringomyelia (SM) work continues to break new ground for identifying the mechanisms of syrinx formation, and influencing these mechanisms. This research also has direct benefit for those who suffer from SM caused by Chiari malformation (CM).
Our new study in Warwick England continues the most promising work in discovering the origins of CM to date. This work appears to be leading to... Read More
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