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Pediatric neurosciences
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Pediatric neurosciences

The pediatric neurosciences research group investigates a very broad group of diseases, all of which are associated with neuron activity in the child or adolescent.

In most cases, this group studies rare diseases, and as such, there is little funding available for research. 

As well as studying neurometabolic and neuromuscular diseases, the neurosciences group also handles investigations in the field of mental health: autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and schizophrenia, in particular.

The research projects undertaken are very much patient-oriented, both with regard to precise diagnoses and sourcing new treatments, as well as to improving the quality of life of affected children. As such, the group is multidisciplinary, featuring specialists such as nutritionists, psychologists, biochemists, pathologists, biologists, etc., in addition to neurologists and psychiatrists, all of whom have the best interests of the patient and their family at heart.

Main lines of investigation

PKU (Phenylketonuria)

Inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) are a group of more than 700 disorders resulting from hereditary abnormalities and end up causing cells and organs to function improperly. The most common of these is phenylketonuria, or PKU.

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Neuromuscular diseases

Neuromuscular diseases generally lead to a loss of muscular tone.

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Diseases relating to neuronal communication

Many neurological diseases that affect children are caused by poor neuronal communication, brought on by genetic errors that alter how brain signals are transmitted.

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Movement disorders caused by rare diseases

This line of research focuses on the study of dystonia: a movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions.

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Brain Project

Childhood neurological diseases are very different to adult diseases, because children's brains are continually developing. This gives them unique characteristics that should be taken into consideration to properly understand how they function and how to treat diseases that affect them.

As a result of the clear need to learn more about children's brains, the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital developed the groundbreaking BRAIN Project, thanks to contributions from wider society. Its intention is to revolutionise current methods of investigating neuropediatric diseases, thereby improving patient diagnosis and treatment.

To achieve this objective, we have 4 main lines of research

  • Diagnostic techniques.
  • Translational investigation.
  • Personalised therapies.
  • Multidisciplinary approach.
Investigación clínica en el Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona

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