The first surface air monitoring campaign is ongoing in Japan

The first surface air monitoring campaign is ongoing in Japan

First ground air sampling campaign has been started last August in the Noto Peninsula. Thanks to the logistic support provided by Dr. Atsushi Matsuki (Kanazawa University) and Dr. Hiroshi Tanimoto (NIES in Tsukuba) the filter-based high-volume air sampler has been deployed in the Noto Ground-based Research Observatory. This site is used by Japanese researchers to monitor air quality and pollution coming from China, the presumed source of the wind-borne agent of KD according to our findings. Air is being collected in the central hours of the day and filters are weekly exchanged by Dr. Atsushi Matsuki and his group. The campaign will last for several months, covering an entire KD annual cycle.

Let’s see the results once completed!

Study published in PNAS receives a lot of attention from the Media and the scientific community

Study published in PNAS receives a lot of attention from the Media and the scientific community

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We are positively surprised to see that our study promoted a lot of media attention as well as discussion and great recognition by our scientific community peers. You can find below some of the journals that made news features (e.g. in ‘Autoinflammatory Diseases’ they entitled the piece as ‘Kawasaki Disease and the end of rheumatology as we know it‘, and state ‘Scientific progress is said to occur through “paradigm shifts,” or radical changes in our way of thinking, which abruptly transforms the field. Will a fungal toxin mark this change for rheumatology?’).
See others below,
National Geograhic
Nature
The rheumatologist

Winter-Spring 2014 flight campaign finalizes

Winter-Spring 2014 flight campaign finalizes

We recently finalised the 2014 winter-spring campaign of flights over Japan. We were able to perform 10 successful flights between February and April. Our engineer Roger Curcoll has already packaged all the instrumental equipment and transported them to NIES at Tsukuba University. The equipment will wait there until the next summer campaign. The samples obtained in these last 5 flights are coming to our Institute in Barcelona to be stored and as soon as possible, the filters will be sent for microbiological analysis.

 

End of winter flights in 2014

End of winter flights in 2014

After some days of rain, bad weather, and eastern winds, we have finally found 4 consecutive days (5rth, 6th, 7th and 8th of April) for finishing this 2014 winter-spring campaign of flights. All these days we have flown under NW wind conditions, sampling from Downtown Tokyo at 1000m in North-West direction until arriving at Nagano prefacture at 3000m and then coming back South-East. Although some days we did not find the best conditions to fly (tubulences, clouds,..) the sampling was succesfull. We are really expecting that the analyses from these filters will help determining the etiological agent of the Kawasaki Disease.

 

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Start of the second part of flights for 2014

Start of the second part of flights for 2014


First flight of the second part of 2014 flight campaign was done on 01/04/2014 with success.

Flight was done under NW wind conditions. We had some turbulences during the flight but they did not affect sampling.
Winter is leaving Japan and although mountains are still covered by snow there are already some green crops in lower areas.”

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