Cystic Fibrosis

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center

Children throughout the world who have cystic fibrosis (CF) come to The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital for care. Our research, over more than 50 years, supports our philosophy to diagnose and start appropriate treatment as early as possible.


Newborn screening program

Newborns in Minnesota and other states are screened routinely for CF. If your child screens positive for CF at birth then bring your child to our CF center for a diagnostic evaluation that is coordinated by a genetic counselor dedicated solely to working with CF patients, families, and your family doctor. The coordinator arranges same-day consultations with a CF provider as needed or genetic counseling for the families whose sibling is not diagnosed with CF.

Newborn screening and early intervention can prevent or slow the rate of disease progression. The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital was the first in Minnesota to offer infant pulmonary (lung)-function testing and nasal potential difference testing at birth.  CF often affects several body organs and functions. Related complications can vary by patient age. 

Number one in the nation

Children in our program at The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital enjoy a higher level of wellness than other CF programs because of our experience . We score above national goals set by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), and because we have diagnosed and treated so many children, CFF considers us number one in the U.S. Our highly regarded cystic fibrosis program, one of the largest in the nation, is nationally recognized for patients’ positive clinical outcomes, including a longer lifespan. As a result we also treat adults at The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center.

Our center is one of the 13 CFF-accredited Translational and Therapeutics Development Centers. Such distinction provides your child opportunity to be among the first to participate in creating better treatments for this disease. Your child will benefit from our team approach that involves you, your child and your family to plan and work with our CF experts, specialists, geneticists and counselors.

Center receives Quality Care Award

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center was selected in 2010 as a recipient of the Quality Care Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). The award was given in recognition of “sustained quality improvement work that improves patient outcomes.” 

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center was founded in 1961 by Warren Warwick, MD, and the University of Minnesota's department of pediatrics. It was one of the first CFF-accredited centers in the country and has been recognized as an international leader in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

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