The Blue Bird Circle Clinic and Research
When you support The Blue Bird Circle, you support children with neurological disorders.
We’re a Houston organization whose impact is felt around the world through our partnership with leading health providers and researchers. Learn more about our clinic and research centers below.
The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital
The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology is the largest pediatric neurology clinic in the United States, and specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for neurological disorders in children. With over 40,000 scheduled visits each year, providers see patients with a diverse array of neurological conditions ranging from the common to the very rare.
The large team of specialists in The Blue Bird Circle Clinic cares for patients with more than 450 neurological disorders including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, sleep disorders, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, headaches, attention disorders, stroke, cortical malformations, and brain tumors.
The Clinic also diagnoses and treats rare disorders as Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Batten’s Disease, and Prader-Willi syndrome, and participates in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network as a clinical research site.
Satellite neurology clinics are located in Clear Lake, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, TCH West Campus, and Austin.
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Texas Children’s Hospital
Clinical Research Center
The Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital
The Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center’s mission is to bring ever-advancing therapies to its patients. The Center supports cutting-edge research in neurology, and enhances the larger effort to build a clinical research support structure that will advance care to the next level and make a difference in the lives of children affected by neurological disorders.
The Center capitalizes on the remarkable scientific discoveries being made in childhood neurologic diseases and serves as the clinical research arm of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as for The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Lab and The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center, developing the treatments and cures of tomorrow. Currently, there are over 100 active research protocols in pediatric neurology. Included in this are clinical therapeutic trials, patient registries, rare diseases research, Biomarker/Genetic studies and National Institute of Health research grants.
Developmental Neurogentics Laboratory
The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine
The researchers at The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory have made critical breakthroughs in epilepsy, including the identification of over ten genes related to common childhood seizures, and developing new strategies for the detection and prevention of seizure-induced damage in the brain.
In the late 1990s, the Laboratory created a national family research partnership program to discover families with epilepsy. The Laboratory works to discover the genes and mechanisms underlying childhood epilepsies in order to improve the lives of children by developing more accurate ways of diagnosing and treating childhood neurological problems at the earliest possible stage.
The Laboratory is continuing to expand its basic research program with the development of a state-of-the-art molecular facility. It has received numerous international leadership and training awards and actively collaborates with many biomedical research centers throughout the world.
The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center at Baylor College of Medicine
The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center is one of the few centers in the world that specializes in the diagnosis and care of patients with Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that develops almost exclusively in females. The Center is one of only 15 Centers in the United States certified as a “Center of Excellence” by the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.
The syndrome causes chronic neurological problems that include severe communication and motor disabilities. There is no known cure for the disorder, but the Center offers a multi-disciplinary approach focused on care, education, and research that will improve the quality of life for patients and their families.