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Pediatric Motor Disorders Research Program

The Pediatric Motor Disorders Research Program, under the direction of Kathryn Swoboda, MD, is focused on a group of disorders characterized predominantly by defects in motor function, with onset in infancy or early childhood, including the following:

  • Neuromuscular disorders, including spinal muscular atrophy, congenital myopathies and neuropathies and muscular dystrophy
  • Neurotransmitter deficiency disorders and childhood onset dystonia
  • Alternating hemiplegia of childhood

Dr. Swoboda and colleagues see patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Clinical Neuroscience Center at the University of Utah. The Pediatric EMG laboratory, for electrodiagnostic studies in infants and children with suspected neuromuscular disorders, is located at Primary Children's Medical Center; the Neurogenetics Research Laboratory is located at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics.

Clinical faculty within the research program come from a variety of backgrounds, including pediatrics, neurology, genetics and neurophysiology. We collaborate with clinicians and researchers at the University of Utah, across the US and internationally. Our primary mission is to further advance research that will contribute to improved care and treatment interventions in pediatric patients with motor disorders from a variety of etiologies.


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Clinical Consultation

For a consultation or to learn more about participating in a clinical study, contact the following:

Tara Newcomb
Clinical Study Coordinator
Phone: (801) 585-9717

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