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Is Kawasaki Disease Blowin’ in the Wind?

Professor Jane Burns

Kawasaki Disease (KD) is the most common cause of acquired pediatric heart disease in the U.S. and Japan. Its incidence is increasing at an alarming rate with over 100 new cases treated at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego in 2016. Despite intense research, the trigger for this pediatric vasculitis has not been identified. It is presumed to be airborne, and current work suggests a relationship between seasonal peaks in cases of KD in Japan and tropospheric winds originating in northeastern China. This lecture will discuss ongoing research to explore the wind-borne hypothesis of KD.

Instructor: Jane Burns received her MD degree at the University of North Carolina and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She then moved to Harvard Medical School for additional training in pediatric infectious diseases and molecular virology. She joined the faculty at Harvard in 1986 and in 1990 moved to UC San Diego, where she is currently Professor of Pediatrics. Burns is Director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital, where she leads a multidisciplinary team that cares for patients with KD.

Coordinator: Joel Dimsdale

Course Number: OSHR-70080   Credit: 0 units

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11/30/2017 In-class 127461 $0.00  
Location: TBD