Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is one of the only pediatric hospitals in the country to offer a MAP Program. It’s staffed by expert specialists who treat the complex needs of children with genetic syndromes associated with an important process in the body called the “Ras/MAPK signaling pathway” (short for “mitogen activated protein kinases”).
The body is made up of cells, which carry instructions, of sorts, that tell them how to grow and act. These instructions are called “genes.” The genetic syndromes associated with Ras/MAPK can affect the way a child’s organs were formed, the way kids look, the way they grow, and the way they learn.
The following genetic syndromes are all caused by changes in genes that affect the Ras/MAPK signaling pathway. And they’re all part of our comprehensive MAP Program care:
- Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome (CFC)
- Costello syndrome
- Legius syndrome
- Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)
- Noonan syndrome