Two members of our research team, Roger Curcoll and Dr. Sílvia Borràs, traveled this June to Japan in order to perform a 10 days air sampling campaign. In collaboration with Dr. Fukiko Ichida and Dr. Keiichi Hirono from Toyama University Hospital, the high-volume air samplers were placed on the rooftop of the hospital. During the visit, they were trained to continue with the air sampling on a weekly basis until the end of the Kawasaki disease winter peak (March 2018).
At the same time, a new collaboration with an environmental scientist from the University of Kumamoto, Dr. Tomoko Kojima, was established. In parallel to Toyama’s sampling, Dr. Kojima is in charge of conducting the same sampling scheme during the same period in Kumamoto. In total, around 250 new samples will be collected.