Addenbrooke's Hospital

Addenbrooke’s is a tertiary referral hospital for East Anglia. The Paediatric Neuromuscular team is a Centre of Excellence accepting tertiary Neuomuscular referrals within the region. We are part of the NorthStar Network in UK. The Neuromuscular team has consolidated itself as a regional centre over the last 5 years. There are facilities for genetics, cardiology, respiratory, long-term ventilation, orthopaedic specialist review and investigations.

Department of Paediatric Neurology

Paediatric Neuromuscular team consists of two Paediatric Neuromuscular consultants, a specialist nurse, physiotherapists & a paediatric Neuromuscular Research Nurse. We have over 350 children with various neuromuscular conditions on our case load.

Our clinics include:

  • MDT clinics with neuromuscular physiotherapists, nurse specialists and care advisors (twice monthly)
  • Joint Neuromuscular orthopaedic clinic (twice a year).
  • Joint transition clinic (three times a year)
  • Joint Neuromuscular/Respiratory clinic/LTV (currently being established)
  • Internal peer review of cases
  • Neuropathology meetings thrice yearly
  • Facilities for Muscle MRI and DEXA scans

We also organize Annual Eastern Region Paediatric Neuromuscular study days.

Contact Information

Department Name
Department of Paediatric Neurology
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Box 107, Department of Paediatric Neurology, Child Development Centre,

Hills Road, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Cambridge, CB2 2QQ

Primary Phone Number
044-1223 216662
Primary Email Address
Primary Contact Person
Patients: Neuromuscular Nurse Specialist & Paediatric Neuromuscular Research Nurse- Fay Houchen,
Industry: Dr. Gautam Ambegaonkar / Dr. Deepa Krishnakumar-,;
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Contact:
Heather Phillips,
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Current Trials:

Study Name Trial Status at Cambridge Overall Trial Status
Patient Registry Translarna (Ataluren) Fully recruited Fully recruited

Contact Listing:

Clinical work in neuromuscular disorders

  • 2 Dedicated neuromuscular clinics per month
  • 4 Transitional NM clinics per year
  • 4 NM – Orthopaedic clinics per year
  • Co-lead for the Nusinersen EAP


 Research in neuromuscular disorders

  • Was PI for FOR-DMD study in DMD
  • PI for Utrophin up regulation trial (SUMMIT)
  • PI for Translational research trial in DMD
  • Co- PI for STRIDE registry trial for Translarna


Dr Gautam Ambegaonkar has been working as a Paediatric Neurologist at Addenbrookes hospital since April 2011, having done his Neurology grid training at GOSH, London and led the Neuromuscular service from his appointment until Feb 2018. During this period, Addenbrookes was awarded status as ‘Centre of Clinical Excellence’ by MDUK following a nationwide audit of services. Dr Ambegaonkar also established the Eastern Muscle Group network and was instrumental in setting up the website and Annual NM study days in Cambridge. 


Selected Publications:


  1. Ambegaonkar JP, Cortes N, Caswell SV, Ambegaonkar GP, Wyon M. Lower extremity hypermobility but not core muscle endurance influences balance in female collegiate dancers. International Journal of Sports Physiotherapy 2016 Apr; 11(2): 220-229
  2. Ambegaonkar G, Manzur AY, Robb SA, Kinali M, Muntoni F. The Multiple phenotypes of arthrogryposis multiples congenital with reference to the neurogenic variant.  Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2011 Jul;15(4):316-9
  3. Book Reviews :-
  • Neuromuscular disorders (2nd edition) Amato A, Russell J
  • DMD (4th edition) Emery A, Muntoni F et al.


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Dedicated twice monthly MDT neuromuscular clinic, PI at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for STRIDE NIHR research study on Translarna in DMD, Lead for EAP/Nusinersen IT therapy for children with SMA

Dr. Krishnakumar has been working as a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital since October 2011. She worked as a Locum Consultant at Southampton University hospital between April – September 2011. She completed her Paediatric Neurology Grid training in East of England Deanery 2008 – 2011, and her Paediatric Neuromuscular training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, under Prof. Muntoni and Dr. Adnan Manzur.

Specific Neuromuscular related publications

1.Book Review - Oxford textbook of Neuromuscular disorders. David Hilton Jones, Martin R. Turner, editors, Oxford University Press (2014), ISBN 978-0199698073.

Neuromuscular disorder (2016). Deepa Krishnakumar, Department of Paediatric Neurology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, UK


2.Publication - Neuropathologic characterization of contocerebellar hypoplasia type 6 associated with cardiomyopathy and hydrops fetalis and severe multisystem respiratory chain deficiency due to novel

RARS2 mutations, Lax NZ1, Alston CL, Schon K, Park SM, KrishnakumarHe L, Falkous G, Ogilvy-Stuart A, Lees C, King RH, Hargreaves IP, Brown GK, McFarland R, Dean AF, Taylor RW, J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. July 2015


3.Oral presentation - Retrospective study of clinical presentation and diagnostic yield of cohort of children with suspected mitochondrial disease. Honnor K, Hadoura A, Hogg S, Parker A, Krishnakumar D. European Society of Paediatric Neurology, May 2015, Vienna.


4. Oral Presentation -Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in 157 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Munot P, Krishnakumar D, Davies T, Robb S, Muntoni F, Manzur A. RCPCH Spring Meeting Warwick, April 2010.


5. Oral Presentation - The clinical presentation of mitochondrial disease in UK children: A prospective population based study. Verity C, Krishnakumar D, Winstone AM, Stellitano L. BPNA Conference, Birmingham, January 2009.

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Fay has 19 years of experience as a Neonatal Acute transport team nurse and has brought a wealth of experience from this previous post.

She joined the Neuromuscular team in November 2017 and is the first point of contact for family queries.

She liaises with all the families, organises the joint clinics, study days and internal meetings within the department. She also helps the physiotherapists with their assessments in the neuromuscular clinics.

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Cath qualified from Coventry University in 2004 with a BSc Hons Physiotherapy.  Cath completed her rotations at Peterborough District Hospital. In 2006, Cath began working as a Community Paediatric Physiotherapist in Waltham Forest, before moving to her current post as a Community Paediatric Physiotherapist  at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust in 2009.

Cath developed a special interest in Neuromuscular Disorders from her time working with this client group during her community paediatrics placements. Cath began working in the Addenbrookes Neuromuscular Service from when it was first formed, developing the physiotherapy role and provision within the service over the years. Cath has provided support and training to community therapists within the region, regarding the management of neuromuscular disorders and she has been involved in the physiotherapy role for the SUMMIT clinical trial.

When not in the clinic, Cath works for Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS NHS Trust) as a Senior Community Paediatric Physiotherapist.  This role is primarily a clinical role supporting CYP with complex needs in the community, including those with neuromuscular conditions.

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