Centre of Expertise

Acknowledged centre of expertise

In 2015, the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU) appointed national centers of expertise to improve patient care for rare diseases. The movement disorders group of the UMCG is an official expertise center for:

Dystonia Rare dystonia: myoclonus, focal,generalised, dopa responsive

Myoclonus Rare myoclonus; myoclonus dystonia GOSR2 and FCMTE

Ataxia Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia, incl recessive ataxias

Hereditary spastic paraparesis Inherited congenital spastic tetraplegia

Paroxysmal dyskinesias Paroxysmal dyskinesia

Hyperekplexia Hyperekplexia

Functional movement disorders Psychogenic movement disorders

Chorea Rare choreic movement disorder, Huntington's disease

Iron storage diseases Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation; a.o. PKAN

Neurometabolic diseases Neurometabolic disease, related to movement disorders

Expertise centers combine knowledge and expertise in the field of rare diseases, develop protocols and guidelines, coordinate research and ensure adequate referral of patients inside and outside the Netherlands. The centers meet the standards set by the European Union for such centers in order to be compatible with the European Network for rare diseases (European Reference Networks).