University Hospital Jena

Jena, Germany

Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302567)

James Friedrich Beck

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

James Friedrich Beck

Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Specialized in: pediatric and adolescent medicine
Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down


  • 1988 Approbation als Arzt
  • 1995 Facharzt für Kinderheilkunde
  • 2002 Schwerpunktbezeichnung Hämatologie und Onkologie in der Kinder- und Jugendmedizin
  • 2008 Weiterbildungsberechtigung für den Erwerb der Gebietsbezeichnung Kinderheilkunde und für die Schwerpunktbezeichnung Hämatologie und Onkologie in der Kinder- und Jugendmedizin


  • 1980-1988 Doppelstudium der Humanmedizin und der Biochemie an der Freien Universität Berlin
  • 1985-1988 Tätigkeit als Tutor im Biochemischen Praktikum für Humanmediziner
  • 1985-1988 Anfertigung der Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema: Isolierung, Restriktionskartierung und Sequenzierung des larvalen α-Globingens aus Xenopus tropicalis.
  • 1986 Diplom im Fach Biochemie. Thema der Diplomarbeit: Klonierung und Sequenzierung des adulten β-Globingens aus Xenopus tropicalis.
  • 1988 Approbation als Arzt
  • 1989 Promotion zum Dr. med.

Ausbildung: Weiterbildungszeiten an der Universitätskinderklinik Tübingen

  • 1989-1990 Allgemeine Pädiatrie
  • 1990-1991 Neonatologie, Frühgeborenen-Intensivstation
  • 1991-1992 Pädiatrische Kardiologie, Kinderkardiologische Intensivstation
  • 1992-1993 Neuropädiatrie, Entwicklungsneurologie
  • 1994-1995 Pädiatrische Hämatologie, Onkologie und Stammzelltransplantation
  • 1995 Facharzt für Kinderheilkunde

Weiterer beruflicher Werdegang

  • 1996-1999 Oberarzt (Bereiche Pädiatrische Hämatologie, Onkologie und Stammzelltransplantation, Tübingen)
  • 1998 Habilitation mit dem Thema: Molekularbiologische und funktionelle Untersuchungen zur Mehrfachresistenz von Leukämien und Tumorzellen gegen Zytostatika und zu Beziehungen zwischen Mehrfachresistenz und Proteinkinase C.
  • 1999-2007 C3-Professur und Leiter der Abteilung für Pädiatrische Onkologie und Hämatologie an der Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
  • 2000-2002 Prodekan der Medizinischen Fakultät Greifswald
  • Seit 2007 W3-Professur und Direktor der Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • 2014 Kongresspräsident der 110. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin in Leipzig
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According to the Focus magazine rating, the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Jena ranks among the best German clinics specializing in the treatment of diabetes!  

The Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Jena under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. James Beck is the only maximum care University Pediatric Center in Thuringia for children and adolescents under the age of 20. It offers the entire range of highly specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for acute and chronic pediatric diseases.

The department has a variety of focuses: the Perinatal Center, the Center for Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, the Epilepsy Center, pediatric nephrology, the Center for Diabetology and Endocrinology and the Center for Metabolic Disorders in Thuringia. To provide the best possible patient care, the team of the department works closely with other departments and institutes of the University Hospital Jena, especially in the treatment of various malformations.

The department has at its disposal 16 neonatal beds for intensive care and 12 beds for neonatal monitoring, 4 pediatric beds for intensive care of children at the age of 0-18 years. 

The department offers diagnosis and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections 
  • Heart diseases
  • Vascular diseases
  • Kidney diseases in children / kidney failure
  • Disorders of the endocrine glands (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, diabetes)
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas
  • Diseases of the respiratory tract and lungs 
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Tumors in children and adolescents
  • Hematological diseases
  • Allergies
  • Congenital / acquired immunodeficiency disorders (including HIV and AIDS)
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Hypertension
  • Infectious and parasitic diseases

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • neurological examination:
    • somatosensory evoked potentials
    • reflexes
    • muscle strength
    • muscle tone
    • senses of touch and sight
    • coordination
    • balance
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • enzyme tests
    • inflammation indicators
    • BSG
    • creatine kinase (CK)
    • immunoelectrophoresis
    • vitamin B12, vitamin D
    • thyroid parameters
    • parathormone
    • genetic testing for bi-allelic deletion
      of exon 7 of the SMN1 gene
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • brain and neck CT/ MRI
  • muscle biopsy if indicated
  • X-ray of the chest
  • CSF puncture with nervous water examination
  • cerebrovascular doppler ultrasound
  • symptomatic treatment 
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance
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