Child Neurology

Child Neurology at UNC is one of the oldest programs in the country and the fastest growing Child Neurology division in North Carolina. Founded by one of the father’s of Child Neurology and author of one of the first textbooks for child neurology, Thomas Farmer. The Child Neurology division offers expertise in neurogenetics, metabolic disorders, neurocutaneous disorders (neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, Sturge-Weber and others), childhood headaches, epilepsy, sleep disorders, movement disorders, neuromuscular diseases (muscular dystrophy and others) and cerebral palsy. The clinics for the care of patients with these disorders apply state of the art diagnostic facilities and multidisciplinary expertise to provide the some of the best care in the southeast United States. The psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists provide important help for the patients we evaluate and manage in our clinics and wards.

The clinics and hospital wards are in a Children’s Hospital that only recently opened. These facilities offer a pleasant and friendly environment that adds to the healing process. All rooms are private and quite. The large play room and entertainment facility that is part of the hospital allows patients some escape for the children in the hospital.

Research in the division involve studies of the pathophysiology of the learning disabilities in neurofibromatosis, new medicines and devices for the treatment of epilepsy, sleep disorders of children, and prenatal effects of drugs on nervous system development.