Participate in the Adult KD Study as a Control Participant!

No history of Kawasaki disease required.

UC San Diego’s Kawasaki Disease Research team seeks participants over 18 with no history of KD for a control group study on its long-term effects. Participants can enroll via email and complete a questionnaire, with the option of a blood draw. Your participation can help researchers understand KD better.

What is Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki disease (KD), is a severe illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants.


What are the symptoms of KD?

KD symptoms usually appear in three phases. Because there is no specific test for KD, doctors make a clinical diagnosis based on a set of symptoms and physical findings.


What are KD complications?

KD is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in U.S. children, but with effective treatment, only a small percentage of KD patients have lasting coronary artery damage.


Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki Memorial Scholarship

The KD Foundation’s scholarship, established in recognition of Dr. Kawasaki’s contributions to pediatric medicine, has recently closed its application window for the Fall 2024 – Spring 2025 semester. The scholarship is scheduled to reopen during the Spring of 2025 for the 2025-2026 school year. We encourage all eligible candidates to apply when the scholarship becomes available.


Gregory ChinKDF Founder, Ex Officio
While strides have been made in KD research, we need more answers. Not only do we want to know the cause of KD, but we also need to know the long-term outcome of all kids who have contracted KD, whether they had visible heart damage or not. We will not rest.