Special Centres (B-Centres)

FOOBARology

Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. med. Beate Winner

The B-Centres and their focal points

The special centers of the ZSEER focus on selected rare diseases for which the University Hospital Erlangen has outstanding expertise in clinical care and research.

The Center for Ectodermal Dysplasia Erlangen cares for children and adults with congenital malformations that can be traced back to hereditary developmental disorders of the external embryonic cotyledons (ectoderm). At the Children's and Adolescent Clinic, a multi-professional team of doctors, psychologists and nutritionists is responsible for the long-term care of young patients with ectodermal dysplasia and coordinates the interdisciplinary cooperation. Adult patients, in whom the skin and hair problems are usually in the foreground, are handed over to the dermatology clinic and primarily cared for there.

The Center for Rare Movement Diseases Erlangen cares for adults and children suffering from neurodegenerative and other chronic diseases of the locomotor system. With the help of a multi-professional team consisting of neurologists with outstanding experience in movement disorders (Movement Disorder Specialist) as well as neuropediatricians experienced in movement disorders together with social workers, specialized movement therapists and intensive psychiatric and child and adolescent psychiatric care, the treatment and counseling of patients in the outpatient and inpatient area is carried out. 

The center is aimed at patients with rare syndromic and non-syndromic developmental disorders as well as rare genetic and metabolic neurological diseases (e.B. also familially occurring unclear neurological diseases). It offers special outpatient clinics and a multi-professional network for children/adolescents as well as for adults for diagnostics, therapy and psychosocial counseling (including the Social Pediatric Center, special outpatient clinics of the Neurological Clinic).

The Center for Rare Immunological Diseases Erlangen cares for adults and children suffering from systemic autoimmune diseases, systemic vasculitides, autoinflammatory diseases and immunodeficiencies.

With the help of a multi-professional team consisting of specialists in internal medicine and pediatrics with outstanding experience in diseases in which the immune system is affected, as well as employees of the pychosocial service and specialized therapists, the treatment and consultation of patients is carried out in the outpatient and inpatient area. The focus is on several special laboratories for comprehensive diagnostics and all therapy options up to stem cell transplantation.

The Center for Rare Liver, Pancreatic and Intestinal Diseases provides multidisciplinary care for children and adults. Diagnostics and therapy are carried out with the help of a multi-professional team consisting of pediatricians, internists, (pediatric) ptolumologists, (pediatric) gastroenterologists, nutritionists, doctors of the local Human Genetic Institute, speech therapists, psychiatrists and social workers with outstanding and many years of experience.

The Neuromuscular Center is an interdisciplinary institution for the interdisciplinary diagnosis, treatment and research of neuromuscular diseases. The most common symptom of this is the breakdown or loss of muscles. Depending on the classification, there are 600 to 800 forms of muscle wasting disorders. The center is located at the Department of Neurology and Children's and Adolescent Clinic and works closely with other institutions at the University Hospital Erlangen and in the region in a multidisciplinary approach.

The Center for Rare Kidney Diseases is an interdisciplinary institution for the interdisciplinary diagnosis, treatment and research of rare kidney diseases and rare systemic diseases with kidney involvement. Adults and children suffering from rare hereditary syndromic and non-syndromic kidney diseases are cared for. With the help of a multi-professional team consisting of nephrologists and pediatricians with outstanding experience in rare kidney diseases, patients are treated and advised in the outpatient and inpatient area.

The center is aimed at patients with rare epilepsies including rare malformations and syndromes, tuberous sclerosis, mitochondrial diseases, as well as rare genetic epilepsies and autoimmune encephalitis.

It offers special outpatient clinics and a multi-professional network for diagnostics, therapy and psychosocial counselling (including a social paediatric centre). Comprehensive and modern diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as epilepsy surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, invasive EEG derivatives, MEG (magnetic encephalography), ictal functional imaging (SPECT, PET) are possible.

The Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Rare Lung Diseases Erlangen cares for children and adults suffering from cystic fibrosis and other rare lung diseases such as primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) or bronchiolitis obliterans. Diagnostics and therapy are carried out with the help of a multi-professional team consisting of pediatricians, (pediatric) ptoumologists, (pediatric) gastroenterologists, diabetologists, psychiatrists, social workers, sports therapists and nutritionists with outstanding experience.