Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics

The Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP) at Lurie Children's is the first of its kind in the world. The center is an interdisciplinary program that studies diseases affecting children’s autonomic nervous systems (ANS). The ANS regulates breathing, body temperature, heart-rate, blood pressure, gut motility and more. CAMP has emerged as a leader in the study of the genetic basis of congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS)rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHAD) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

CAMP provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with problems connected to ANS dysfunction. This approach is rare even in adult medicine, where the handful of existing autonomic centers are based on a single discipline such as cardiology or neurology, and with other disciplines participating as needed.

The referral base for CAMP includes consultation from physicians in 48 states and 50 foreign countries. Download our referral base PDF to see a full list of locations.

Read a meaningful poem, told from a child's point of view, that shares the magic and many unique attributes of CAMP, and introduces the reader to the program's Chief, Debra E. Weese-Mayer, MD. This poem was written with admiration and love by Robert N. Mayer, PhD, in honor of Dr. Weese-Mayer's Investiture in the Northwestern University Beatrice Cummings Mayer Professorship in Pediatric Autonomic Medicine on May 29, 2015.

Learn about our world-class treatment in this short documentary that details the life of a patient during a week's time in our program.

Approach

CAMP integrates the expertise of specialists from across the hospital to thoroughly evaluate each child and develop a treatment plan, specific to each child’s needs. The family and the referring physicians also play a critical role in each child’s treatment.

CAMP’s collaborating divisions include:

Conditions

The center has evolved into the largest and most comprehensive Center of Excellence in the world for the clinical care and translational research study of CCHS and ROHHAD​.

Experience

Debra E. Weese-Mayer, MD, provides leadership as Chief of the Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Weese-Mayer is recognized internationally for her clinical care and translational research study of children with disorders of respiratory control and autonomic regulation, and as a pioneer in developing the newly emerging discipline of Pediatric Autonomic Medicine.

Make an Appointment

If you would like to request an appointment with Dr. Weese-Mayer, please call 312.227.3300.

Philanthropy

Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.


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Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Division of Autonomic Medicine works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.