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SJD Barcelona Children´s Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Una paciente durante un tratamiento de neurología infantil el Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona

In the Neurology Service of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona we prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system in children and adolescents.

We have a team of highly specialised professionals with extensive experience in all manner of childhood neurological disorders. If the illness affects other aspects of the child's health, we work as a team with specialists in other departments of our Hospital. 

Intensive work is undertaken on research, which means that we are up-to-date with the latest technical advances. We are currently participating in 28 studies  and 14 clinical trials, which enables us to make progress in knowledge on and treatment of many neurological illnesses. 

Our care transcends neurological pathology itself, we identify the behavioural and cognitive consequences and offer comprehensive care to patients and their families.

We have specific pathology-dependent programmes. We have specialised units for the treatment of certain neurological illnesses, such as neuro-metabolic illnesses, muscular illness, refractory epilepsies, sleep disorders, headaches, developmental problems, disorders within the autistic spectrum, movement disorders, neuro-immunological and neuro-infectological illnesses, among other pathologies.

In addition, the Spanish Society for Paediatric Neurology and the University of Barcelona have entrusted us with the training of future paediatric neurologists.

Accreditations

  • MetabERN, European Network of Inherited Metabolic Disorders, in which we coordinate a working subgroup especially dedicated to neurometabolic diseases.
  • EURO-NMD, European Network of Rare Neuromuscular Diseases.
  • ERN-RND, European Network of Rare Neurological Diseases together with the Hospital Clínic.
  • EpiCARE, European Network for Rare and Complex Epilepsies together with the Hospital Clínic.
  • ERN CRANIO, members of the European Network of Rare Diseases of craniofacial anomalies.
  • CSUR of the Ministry of Health as a reference unit in the treatment of:
    • Refractory epilepsy.
    • Hereditary ataxias and paraplegia.
    • Metabolic diseases.
    • Movement disorders.
    • Neuromuscular diseases.
    • Neuroectodermal syndromes.
  • Network of expert clinical units (XUEC, in its acronym in Catalan) in genetically based cognitive-behavioral diseases in pediatric age and in inherited metabolic diseases.

Why SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Our experience

The Paediatric Neurology Department has been treating patients for almost 40 years and  the prestige of its personnel is recognised throughout Spain and Europe.

Our ability to transfer research to medical care

We undertake basic and clinical research in a range of Paediatric Neurology subspecialties, taking an active role in therapeutic trials with new drugs and many European disease registries. This enables us to be familiar with the latest diagnostic methods and the newest treatments for our patients.

Our comprehensive care

We work in a multidisciplinary way with other specialties within the hospital and with associations for parents of children who suffer from metabolic, neuromuscular or rare diseases.

Indicators

13.000

Visits per year

3.157

First visits per year

545

Admissions per year

1.873

EEG recordings per year

2015 data

Specialties and services

Related Units

Trastornos del Neurodesarrollo

Tests we perform

Conventional electroencephalography (with or without sleep)
Polysomnography, 24-hour EEG video monitoring of patients who are candidates for epilepsy surgery
Visual evoked potentials
Auditory, somaesthetic and motor
Electromyography
Neurography

Early Stimulation

At SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we have created the Early Stimulation Unit to diagnose and address developmental disorders as soon as possible in children under six years of age with cerebral palsy, psychomotor delays, multiple disabilities, autism and ataxia.

We are experts in Bobath therapy, the most widespread and commonly used treatment in Europe that treats cerebral palsy, and one of the few centres in Spain that provides training in it.

We have a specialised programme in cerebral palsy based on medical/surgical treatment of spasticity: medication, botulinum toxin, continuous intrathecal baclofen infusion pumps, etc.

CDIAP SJD

In addition, since 2006, SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has also had a centre for child development and early care to care for children between 0 and 6 years of age with developmental disorders, or a risk of suffering from them, from the municipalities of Esplugues de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí and Sant Just Desvern (CDIAP Sant Joan de Déu).

Our professionals

We have the country’s largest team of Neuropaediatrics specialist professionals who are dedicated to patient care, teaching and research into neurological diseases in infancy

Itziar Alonso Colmenero
Clinical neurophysiologist
Montserrat Álvarez Álvarez
Paediatrician
Maria Carmen Blanco Pérez
Paediatrician
Mar O'Callaghan Gordo
Pediatric neurologist

CDIAP Esplugues Team

Itziar Alonso Colmenero
Clinical neurophysiologist
Montserrat Álvarez Álvarez
Paediatrician
Maria Carmen Blanco Pérez
Paediatrician
Mar O'Callaghan Gordo
Pediatric neurologist
  • Sara López Villena (speech therapy)
  • Cristina Micas Nystrom (physiotherapist)

Research

he SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Neurology Department has several established research lines. Our research is carried out at the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD).

Lines of research

  • Phenylketonuria and other genetic defects of intermediary metabolism.
  • Metabolismo energético mitocondrial.
  • Applied research into neuromuscular diseases.
  • Neurometabolic diseases affecting the CNS.
  • Epilepsy Surgery.
  • Movement disorders of genetic and neurometabolic origin.
  • Neurogenetics and Molecular Medicine.
  • Neonatal Neurology
  • Neuroimmunology.

Therapeutic trials

We play an active role in therapeutic trials with new drugs for epilepsy and other pathologies (metabolic and neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis). 

Genetic research

We also collaborate in genetic research to identify new diagnostic methods and new treatments for Rett syndrome and other rare diseases.

Disease registries

We participate in a number of national and European disease registries. 

Teaching

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona, and so we share our knowledge and train professionals to specialise in high-complexity medicine.

Bachelor's Degree in Medicine 

Training for students on the Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona.

  • Professor and Chair of Paediatrics: Dr Jaume Campistol Plana 
  • Associate Professors: Dr Belén Pérez Dueñas, Dr Àngels Garcia Cazorla.

Master’s degree in Neuropaediatrics

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Management: Dr Jaume Campistol Plana
  • Qualification: Master's Degree (awarded by the University of Barcelona)
  • Accreditation: 154 créditos ETCS

Theoretical and practical training in Neuropaediatrics, aimed at graduates in Medicine specialising in Paediatrics and Neurology. The objective of the master's degree is to offer comprehensive training in the specialty through active participation in all of the department's care, teaching and research activities. Students learn the exploratory techniques that are used in the department, as well as how to apply complementary exams to neurological pathology in infancy.

Other courses

  • Biannual Bobath course in Physiotherapy
  • Annual course in Advances in Paediatric Neurology
  • Biannual course in Neuromuscular Pathology 
  • Annual course in Epilepsy in children, adolescents and adults
  • Course in Neuroectodermal Pathology
  • Biannual course in Learning Disabilities
  • Biannual course in Movement Disorders