The Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP) is the first of its kind in the world. The center is an interdisciplinary program in the study of diseases affecting the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in children. The ANS is a kind of background controller for the body that functions automatically to regulate breathing, body temperature, heart-rate, blood pressure, gut motility and more.
Heading the program is Debra E. Weese-Mayer, MD, a leader in the field who has gained international recognition for the clinical care and research study of children with disorders of respiratory control, most notably the following:
In the process of studying and treating children with these disorders, Dr. Weese-Mayer determined that these diseases were part of a complex group of disorders with autonomic dysregulation at its core. This insight has not only allowed investigation of new treatment approaches, but has also led to fruitful collaborations with basic science researchers investigating some of the ultimate causes of these diseases.
The Need for the Program
The incidence of CCHS is still unknown but it is likely to be significantly higher than originally anticipated. This once-rare disease is now being diagnosed with increasing frequency, and with diagnosis now made in adults as well as children. Thus far, more than 800 cases have been diagnosed genetically world-wide, with more than 400 of those cases diagnosed by Dr. Weese-Mayer’s program.Learn more about our care >NOTE:
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