IC3 and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona launch a collaborative study to analyze Kawasaki cases in Catalunya
Scientists of IC3 and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona have recently joined forces in the search of an etiological agent and potential treatment for Kawasaki disease patients. The Hospital’s group led by Dr. Jordi Anton, Senior Attendant of the Pediatric Rheumatology Unit has an special interest in this disease and follows a big cohort of patients, leading a collaborative registry effort of all the pediatric centers in Catalonia and it has been working since long on immunological and molecular aspects related to this disease. The collaboration will enable both the retrospective records and the near-real time study of cases appearing at hospitals in Catalunya, and the analysis of related air masses and their source regions. This study will cover from the characterization of atmospheric samples to the study of determinant chemical and biological traits in blood aliquots from Kawasaki patients.