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Kawasaki Disease Research Collaboration

Kawasaki Disease Research Collaboration

Why we need your help

An interdisciplinary collaborative of researchers has come together to solve the mystery of Kawasaki disease. This unique team, led by Professor Jane C. Burns, MD ( Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego USA )  and  Professor Michael Levin (Imperial College London)  have combined the research expertise  of two world leading research groups  with long term commitment to research  on Kawasaki disease.

Their vision: a future free of this debilitating childhood illness.

Through a collaborative program of work they aim to:

  • Discover the cause of Kawasaki disease by identifying the environmental factor(s) or infectious agent that triggers the disease

  • Develop a diagnostic test that can be used worldwide to enable earlier diagnosis and treatment. They already have exciting pilot data that a diagnostic test is possible.

  • Understand the Genetic basis of Kawasaki disease - to explain why some families are affected, and why only some patients develop Coronary artery aneurysms.

  • Develop new treatments to protect the heart through clinical trials

The most common cause of acquired heart disease in children, Kawasaki disease causes inflammation of the coronary arteries. Left untreated, the disease leads to the formation of aneurysms (ballooning of the arterial wall) in 25 percent of affected children. Major complications include blood clot formation, which can result in heart attacks, poor heart muscle function, and death.

The Opportunity

Efforts to advance Kawasaki Disease research will now go twice as far thanks to the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation. The Macklin Foundation has given The Kawasaki research collaboration between Rady Children’s Hospital and Imperial College London an incredible opportunity to rapidly advance Kawasaki Disease research by matching gifts dollar for dollar up to $2.5 million!

Any funds raised in the UK for the Kawasaki Disease research program at Imperial College will be matched by an equal donation for the USA collaborating team at Rady Children’s hospital.


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Rachel Biles

Dart aquathlon

Mellissa Briard

Mellissa Briard's 2017 fundraising page

Mellissa Briard

Mellissa 40th birthday

Osian's Kawasaki Ninjas

Osian's Kawasaki Ninjas's fundraising page

Danielle Byrne

Danielle Byrne's fundraising page

Carol Davies

Carol Davies's fundraising page

Claire Dilley

Claire fundraising page - COSMIC KAWASAKI

Finley Green

Finley Green's fundraising page

Rebecca Maclean

Hart Sprint Triathlon

Joanne McBride

Kicking Kawasaki 2017


Jul 22, 2019

Freya?s Story

Freya would like to thank Fred the Bear for running for her again this year, collecting 63.55 from local residents at the Annual Sprotbrough Gala and Fun Run

(plus 15.89 giftaid)

Dec 21, 2017

Louise & Drew Brown

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

May 19, 2017



May 08, 2017


(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Apr 02, 2017


Mar 13, 2017


Mar 01, 2017


Feb 19, 2017

Rishi and Selina

For the fantastic support, help and guidance this research has given our family.

Jan 28, 2017


Jan 28, 2017

Daniel and Rachel

We have left a donation as a gift for our friend's child's christening who was diagnosed with the disease - the charity was a great support whilst he was poorly and hope that this helps towards their good work!

(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 26,364.47

Direct donations


Raised offline 1,200.00

Fundraising pages


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