doctor and patientPhysicians from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School will be among presenters at the 2015 Dysautonomia Seminar that will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

The seminar, which is free, will be held at the Hermann Pavilion Conference Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, 6411 Fannin St. It is jointly presented by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann Pediatric Rehabilitation and UTHealth Medical School.

The educational conference is designed for pediatricians, general practitioners, pediatric neurologists and pediatric cardiologists. It is also open to physiatrists, physical therapists, caretakers, patients and individuals interested in dysautonomia. Continuing Medical Education credits are available.

Dysautonomia is caused by a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates all the unconscious functions of the body from the heart beat to breathing. It can affect the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, metabolic and endocrine systems, causing organs throughout the body to work improperly.

Conference topics include signs and symptoms, biology, research initiatives, gastrointestinal issues, coping with the disease and physical activity for children and adolescents with dysautonomia.

UTHealth Department of Pediatrics presenters include Dr. Ian Butler, professor of pediatrics, director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Neurology and Jacobe Geissler Distinguished Chair in West Syndrome Research; Dr. Mohammed Numan, associate professor, Division of Pediatric Cardiology; Dr. Jeremy Lankford,  assistant professor, Division of Pediatric Neurology; and Dr. Melissa Van Arsdall,  assistant professor, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Also presenting are Dr. Holly Varner, assistant professor, Department of Neurology, and Dr. Glendaliz Bosquez-Mendez, assistant professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Presenters from TIRR Memorial Hermann are Jessica Dalmolin and Kathy Carrico.

Seating is limited. Register by emailing

—Deborah Mann Lake, Office of Public Affairs