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.
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.
raised so far
Jul 22, 2019
Dec 21, 2017
Louise & Drew Brown
May 19, 2017
May 08, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 01, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
Rishi and Selina
Jan 28, 2017
Jan 28, 2017
Daniel and Rachel
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £26,364.47
Raised offline £1,200.00