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.