Bobby Jones CSF-Funded Research

Programs/Projects & Meetings

Bobby Jones CSF is committed to directly funding research, and the meetings that kickstart new, innovative projects as part of its ongoing mission to educate and improve the lives of patients and families who are struggling.

Since its inception back in 2007 and its rebranding in 2019, your generous support of Bobby Jones CSF has done so much to directly support over $6 million worth of education and research. Below learn a little more about the organization’s past and ongoing projects, programs and meetings specifically focused on research.

Programs/Projects

International Patient Registry

Chiari malformation (CM), syringomyelia (SM) and related disorders (RD) affect millions of people worldwide. Starting on the path to improved care can be a daunting task. An important early step is to establish a national patient registry, an invaluable tool for improving the lives of people with CM/SM/RD.

Independent Research Grants and Requests-for-Proposals

Upon scientific review by experts from the CSF Scientific Education & Advisory Board, CSF was pleased to fund the following grants which were submitted for review in response to the 2012-2013 Request for Proposals:

Mapping Perivascular Spaces in the Spinal Cord Toward Improved Spinal Cord Flow Models (PDF) – Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont

Automated MRI-Based Parcellation of the Posterior Cranial Fossa – Dr. Ahmet Murat Bagci (Published paper)

Development of a Numerical Model of Spinal CSF Dynamics – Dr. Christopher David Bertram

Genetic Dissection of Chiari Type I Malformation – Christina Markunas, PhD (Published paper)

CSF has also funded a Chiari Fellowship at the Duke Center for Human Genetics.

Previous Miscellaneous Projects

Project to Analyze the Prevalence of Chiari Malformation Within the ASD Population. There appears to be an underserved population of children and adults with Chiari malformation and autism – the size of which is yet to be determined. Recent data suggests that a greater than expected overlap of findings in children diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum of Disease (ASD).

Conquer Chiari Research Conference: New Developments & Controversies (2010) CSF sponsored this two-day professional research conference on November 11 and 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, which focused on new developments in Chiari research and controversies in diagnosis and care. The event brought together the top physicians and researchers involved with Chiari malformation to share recent developments, discuss and debate controversial topics, and foster collaboration for future work. The proceedings will be made freely available to the Chiari community through a video web archive.

Meetings

Spring Think Tank Meeting

Fall Research Colloquium

Bobby Jones CSF is dedicated to supporting and facilitating promising and novel research in the fields of Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related disorders. We firmly believe that the best way to do this is by getting clinicians, scientists and thought leaders together to discuss their theories to stimulate new avenues of research. The annual research colloquium held each fall allows that exchange of ideas to occur. Over time, patient care will be improved.

International Hydrodynamics Symposium

On July 8 and 9, 2011, CSF proudly sponsored the first CSF Hydrodynamics Symposium in Zurich, Switzerland, thanks to a very generous grant from the Monkton Institute and Ms. Candida Lancaster. The number of investigators conducting numerical and experimental simulations to better understand the dynamics of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has continued to increase since the 1st International CSF Dynamics Symposium held in Zurich, Switzerland. Building on this momentum, we held the 2nd International CSF Dynamics Symposium to continue exchange of ideas toward modeling of CSF.

 

 

 

Revised 09/2019

International Registry

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Think Tank

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