KD Research Centers

Kawasaki Disease Research Centers

Researchers worldwide are working to solve the Kawasaki disease puzzle. Understanding the disease can lead to improved care and treatment for KD patients. Learn about the different research studies taking place and help accelerate breakthroughs in KD treatment by participating in research.



University of California San Diego Kawasaki Disease Research Center

The Kawasaki Disease Research Center is a collaboration between the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Family and Preventive Medicine and Sociology at UC San Diego, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.

Jane C. Burns, MD>>  Adriana M. Tremoulet, MD>>

Portman Research Group at Seattle Children’s Hospital

The Portman Research Group is developing innovative ways to protect children’s hearts from damage related to heart surgery and is improving how the medical community understands and treats Kawasaki disease.

Michael A. Portman, MD>>



Kawasaki Disease Research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Lurie Children’s has been a leader in clinical research on Kawasaki disease dating back to the treatment trials in the 1980s and early 1990s. Our clinician scientists are continuing their research efforts in finding the cause of this illness, improving treatment and identifying factors that determine susceptibility.

Anne H. Rowley, MD>>



Kawasaki Disease Research at Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Newburger designed an NIH-funded multicenter randomized trial comparing treatments for Kawasaki disease and directed the coordinating center for the study. The first phase of that trial compared high-dose intravenous gamma globulin plus aspirin to aspirin alone during the acute stage of the disease; the second phase compared the effects of two dose regimens of intravenous gamma globulin. Her other prospective studies in Kawasaki disease have focused on its epidemiology and long-term effects.

Jane Newburger, MD, MPH>>

Adriana M. Tremoulet, MDAssociate Professor, UC San Diego
I’m blessed every day by the families I get to meet, by the team members with whom I work and by the colleagues I have met in a variety of fields around the world. As I say often, I look forward to the day when we figure out the cause(s) of KD and eradicate it. I’ll be happy to find another calling then. Until then though, I’ll be here.