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The Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP) in the division of Autonomic Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital is the first of its kind in the world. The Center is an interdisciplinary program that studies infants, children and young adults with conditions that affect the autonomic nervous systems (ANS). The ANS controls the automatic regulation of breathing, body and skin temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, cerebral autoregulation, intestinal motility, pupillary response to light, and more. CAMP is an international leader in the study of congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) and rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHAD), and in the development of child-friendly, non-invasive autonomic testing of all organ systems served by the ANS with application to children with more common diseases.
This cross-silo, inclusive approach to ANS (dys)regulation (ANSD) 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 of the United 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.