The Kawasaki Disease Research Center

The Kawasaki Disease Research Center

The Kawasaki Disease Research Center was created to help foster excellence in care for patients with Kawasaki Disease (KD) and to support clinical, laboratory, and epidemiologic investigation into the etiology, pathophysiology, genetics, treatment, and natural history of the disease.

The Kawasaki Disease Research Center is a joint collaboration between the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Engineering, and Sociology at UCSD, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and the Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The Center brings together investigators from Japan, Western Europe, Latin America, and the United States with diverse research interests and expertise to work together to further our understanding of this enigmatic disease.

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FACTS

  • The Mario Batali Foundation has partnered with the Kawasaki Disease Research Center to support work toward creating a diagnostic test for KD, the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children. A diagnostic test will be critical to ensuring that all children with KD get the necessary treatment in a timely manner that can prevent permanent heart damage.