Jane C Burns, MD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Brief Bio

For the last 30 years, Dr. Burns’ has studied Kawasaki disease (KD) pathogenesis, epidemiology, immunology, genetics, and treatment. As Director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD, she has brought together molecular biologists, climate scientists, microbiome scientists, geneticists, epidemiologists, immunologists, clinicians, historians and anthropologists to create a rich research environment for studying KD through many different lenses. Through the support of NHLBI, Dr. Burns’ team has developed a biorepository that includes serum, plasma, urine, RNA, and DNA on KD patients and febrile control children with detailed phenotypes including demographic, clinical, laboratory, and echocardiographic data. Her current research initiatives are broadly focused on understanding the environmental trigger for KD, genetic influences on disease susceptibility and outcome, molecular pathogenesis of the vasculitis, and novel treatments to block coronary artery damage.