The Brain Institute

Diagnostics and Treatment

Leading Edge Diagnostics 

The Neuromonitoring Center offers world-renowned expertise in invasive brain recording, mapping of critical cerebral function in children, and intra-operative sensory and motor-evoked potential monitoring that contributes to the success of the most challenging epilepsy, brain tumor, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and brachial plexus reconstruction surgeries. The laboratory offers high-resolution EEG that facilitates detection of even the most subtle abnormalities in the youngest of children. The laboratory also performs an extensive array of routine tests including video-EEG, evoked potentials, and EMG. Polysomnograms and sleep latency tests evaluate sleep and apnea disorders.
The Neuroradiology Center is one of the first in the world to apply functional MRI and tractography to define active brain networks and their connection in children, a capability offered at only a few centers in the nation. The center also has the largest experience nationwide with SPECT scans obtained early during a seizure to locate epileptogenic foci in children. The center offers a full spectrum of neuroimaging diagnostic services, including the latest CT/MRI scan sequences, angiography and ultrasonography to support the detection of even the most subtle brain abnormalities. 

Next-Generation Neurosurgical Suite

Neurosurgeries are conducted in a state-of-the-art neurosurgical suite equipped with advanced neuronavigation systems and intraoperative MRI.  This leading-edge suite provides enhanced efficiency and safety for neurosurgical services and offers a venue for expanded neurosurgical procedures, including functional surgery for epilepsy and movement disorders, and a platform for advanced neuroimaging research.

State-of-the-Art Neuro-Critical Care Units

A dedicated team of highly trained neuroneonatologists, pediatric neurointensivists and nursing staff take care of neonates and children who are acutely ill as a result of brain injuries such as hypoxia, trauma, tumors and severe infections, or who have undergone complex neurosurgical procedures. The units feature the most current monitoring equipment to detect seizures or changes in brain oxygenation and intracranial pressure. 

Pediatric Neurology

The Division of Pediatric Neurology provides comprehensive diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of a wide range of neurological disorders in children at the hospital's main campus and selected outpatient facilities throughout South Florida.
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Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the largest pediatric neurosurgical service in Florida and one of the most recognized programs in the country.
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Accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers

NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is accredited by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. 

Expertise and experience second to none

Founded in 2001, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Brain Institute is the nation’s first comprehensive medical program dedicated solely to the care of the developing brain. It brings together world-renowned specialists in numerous pediatric neuroscience subspecialties with cumulative clinical experience unparalleled in the United States. The team fosters integrated research and offers the latest in assessment and treatment for children with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.
This leadership and commitment to developing new treatments draws children and families from around the world in search of answers to complex medical questions. Many of the program’s greatest successes are children who could not be helped at other centers.
Since 2008, the program has been ranked among the nation’s top-tier programs for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. The clinical and research leadership of the program serves as a beacon to families confronting the uncertainty of a child with a brain disorder, offering the latest treatments and assessment techniques, many of which were developed by the Brain Institute team.
Florida residents enjoy the benefits of world-class care without having to venture beyond the borders of their home state. And children worldwide are facing brighter futures thanks to the Brain Institute’s commitment to advancing frontiers of scientific research and innovative treatment, saving young lives, and improving quality of life and productivity for a lifetime.