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Children's to begin rare disease study

By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh announced Monday it is establishing a Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders. It will provide evaluation, education, research and treatment for patients with inherited neurological conditions.

Officials said they hired an internationally recognized expert, Dr. Maria Escolar, to direct the program. Escolar is known for her work in neurodegenerative diseases that lead to brain dysfunction.

Escolar began her program in 2000 at the Center for Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina to help children and their families understand the overall impact of rare neurological diseases in child development. The program has since expanded to more than 20 rare inherited disorders. Her team has performed more than 1,000 evaluations on more than 500 children from around the world.



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