Bobby Jones CSF-Funded Research in Chiari, Syringomyelia & Related Disorders

Bobby Jones CSF-Funded Research

Programs, Projects and 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 and Projects

Chiari Surgical Success Score: Do You Need Surgery or Medical Management?

Believe it or not, even the experts still struggle to figure out which patients will do well after surgery. It’s really difficult to tell when a patient walks into the clinic whether their symptoms will go away after surgical intervention. No one has ever attempted a study to answer this question before because it is time-intensive, expensive and very complicated to pull off.

We don’t think that’s enough of an excuse anymore. Bobby Jones CSF is happy to take on this huge responsibility because “I don’t know” is not good enough. Read more.

Bobby Jones CSF 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.

Research Awards and Independent Research Grants

AANS/CNS Joint Section Research Award

Bobby Jones CSF is pleased to sponsor a new, annual research award presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Neurological Surgery Section of AANS/CNS to the most innovative and impactful research project presented by a trainee.

The goal of this award is to promote research and leadership in the field of Chiari malformation and syringomyelia research and to foster the next generation of neurosurgeons and researchers with an interest in advancing the treatment and outcomes of individuals with these disabling conditions.

Previous Grants

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

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

Genetic Dissection of Chiari Type I Malformation – Christina Markunas, PhD

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

Previous Miscellaneous Projects

Common Data Elements for Chiari 1 malformation.

Bobby Jones CSF was the first organization that partnered with the National Institutes of Health at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS) to develop Common Data Elements for Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia largely through the efforts of our organization, itself. The “CDEs” are meant to standardize measurements and terms across multiple research institutions in the United States and around the world. Our organization was the first to do this largely on its own and our example served as a protocol for future organizations looking to develop CDEs in their own disease spaces. To date, the CDEs have been implemented on the NIH/NINDS website and have actually been used in the development of patient registries around the world, including the current largest dataset of patients in Europe (CRESSC). These efforts were published in the medical journal Neurosurgery in early 2019.

Addition of CDEs for tethered cord syndrome.

We recently managed a working group to add Common Data Elements for tethered cord syndrome. These CDEs will be submitted to the third-party Oversight Committee for CM1 CDEs for consideration.

Their addition will be critical since there are currently no active trials looking at tethered cord syndrome treatment and it is a fast-growing field of research study.

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)

One of the first efforts we funded was in support of Conquer Chiari. 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.


Spring Think Tank Meeting

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.

In continuation of this partnership with the Monkton Institute, we have hosted 4 more of these symposia in various cities around the world— the most recent which was held in 2019.

Due to COVID-19, the upcoming Hydrodynamics Symposium has been rescheduled for 2022.




Revised 10/2020

International Registry

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Think Tank

Stimulate new research by bringing experts together to discuss the newest research.

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