On August 19, 2015, the results of a DGLD supported research project were published in Pediatric Research, a journal of the prestigious Nature Publishing Group. The article, "Novel data-mining approach identifies biomarkers for diagnosis of Kawasaki disease,” describes a breakthrough in the development of laboratory tests to rapidly diagnose Kawasaki disease. Kawasaki disease (KD) is a serious childhood disorder that requires rapid recognition and treatment to prevent permanent or fatal damage to the coronary arteries. KD is easily mistaken for other febrile illnesses and until now there has been no reliable laboratory test.

If the current test panel is validated in practice it could result in better recognition of KD , earlier and more effective treatment and a significant reduction in long term complications of the disorder.


The DGLD Foundation is listed in the Statement of Financial Support on page 6 of the article as the lead supporter.


In addition to its educational programs the DGLD Foundation supports selected medical and psychological research investigations. The Kawasaki Disorder research program was selected for funding after assiduous review by a panel of distinguished scientists.