Advances & Challenges in Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia and Related Disorders

Bobby Jones CSF Research Colloquium

2019 Research Meeting

What is the Annual Research Colloquium?

Each year, CSF hosts an annual colloquium to identify and disseminate research associated with the study of Chiari malformation, syringoymelia and related disorders. Researchers present their recent work and engage in meaningful discussions with others who study these problems. The 2019 Research Colloquium took place on October 19, 2019 at the JW Marriott Union Square in San Francisco, California.

Neurosurgeons, neurologists, geneticists, radiologists— even veterinarians!— attended to present and discuss their recent research and discoveries related to Chiari, syringomyelia, hydrocephalus, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and related disorders.

Bobby Jones CSF is always proud to host this meeting with a goal of disseminating important research results to medical professionals, scientists and the general public. It is only through the consistent sharing of research results, clinical experiences and pathological theories between clinicians and scientists that we can ever expect answers for the patients and families who need them so desperately.

What Was Discussed in 2019?

Some of the fascinating topics included the use of artificial intelligence in diagnosing hydrocephalus– a concept that could, one day, be transferable to other disorders of CSF flow, including Chiari and syringomyelia. The international focus was also important as the invited speaker Dr. Alexandre Casagrande Canheu discussed the process and successes of a Chiari malformation consensus effort that took place in Brazil and that will be continuing in 2020 and beyond.

The proceedings of this meeting are available for purchase in written format for interested professionals and experts. You can also check out presentations from past Research Colloquia.

Meeting Presentations


Bobby Jones CSF is dedicated to disseminating research, even after meetings are held. Meeting presentations are always recorded and shared on our website. The following are presentations from our 2019 research meeting focused on Chiari, syringomyelia and related disorders such as dysautonomia and POTS.

Dural Histopathologic Changes in 139 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with Chiari-Like Malformation
Catherine A. Loughin, DVM
Veterinary Surgeon | Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY

Study Update: Posterior Fossa Decompression with and without Duraplasty
David D. Limbrick, MD, PhD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon | Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Measuring Outcome in Patients Undergoing Chiari Surgery
John J. Oró, MD
Neurosurgeon | Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO

Inheritance of Small Posterior Fossa in 2 Families Affected by Chiari Malformation (An NIH Study)
John D. Heiss, MD
Neurosurgeon | National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke, Bethesda, MD

Orthostatic Intolerance & Update on Epidural Interventions
Adnan I. Qureshi, MD
Neurologist | University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Brazilian Consensus for Chiari I: Results
Alexandre Casagrande Canheu, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon | Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Artificial Intelligence for Real-Time, Automated Cerebral Ventricular Evaluation
Kristen Yeom, MD
Neuroradiologist | Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Effects of Craniocervical & Atlantoaxial Fusions on the Autonomic Nervous System
Fraser C. Henderson, Sr., MD
Neurosurgeon | Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group, Silver Spring, MD



Revised 10/2020