Children with brain, spine and peripheral nervous system disorders deserve the best health care. The Paediatric Neurology Division at Children’s Hospital London Health Sciences Centre (CH-LHSC), offers patients and families a comprehensive disease-specific, patient-focused approach. Here, paediatric neurologists and clinicians diagnose and treat children with a range of medical conditions, including meningitis, encephalitis, hypoxic-ischemic injury, trauma, stroke, epilepsy and diseases impacting the peripheral nerves and muscles. The Paediatric Neurology Division works collaboratively with other clinical services within CH including the Paediatric Emergency and Paediatric Critical Care programs to manage neurological emergencies.
Specialized neurology care is delivered by a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team responsible for all paediatric and neonatal neurology admissions and consultation to the general medical service and other subspecialties.
Key programs include:
• A provincially designated Regional Epilepsy Surgery Centre (RESC) with a Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (CEP) that
• Diagnostic neurophysiology programs including EEG, video-EEG monitoring service, EMG and NCS. Dedicated multidisciplinary clinics for cerebral palsy, movement disorders, neurogenetic and neurometabolic disorders, Rett Syndrome and neuromuscular disease.
• Regional Headache Clinic
• Ketogenic Diet Program.
• Pediatric Physiatry consultation service and lifelong care clinic for those with CP, Spina bifida and other chronic neurologic conditions
The Paediatric neurology research program is broad and driven by a number of Child Health and Research Institute (CHRI) Scientists and a team of basic and clinical research coordinators under the direction of a project manager. Activities have focused on new therapy development for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, epidemiology of Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy and establishing research networks with paediatric hospitals across Canada to monitor paediatric neuromuscular disease and gain a better understanding of Cerebral Palsy. Other research includes clinical and molecular studies of neuro-genetic and neurometabolic disorders, studies using population databases on epidemiology and natural history of childhood epilepsy, quality of life in children with epilepsy and traumatic brain injury outcome.
Margo Devries-Rizzo, MScN, NP-Paeds
Dr Narayan Prasad, Professor, Associate Scientist, Child Health Research Institute
Cara Gordon, Social Worker
Janice Gray, Psychometrist
Sarah Denomme, Dietician
Administrative assistants: Kara Bigelow and Zena Jaworski