Dear Kawasaki disease researchers around the world,
It is with profound sadness that we announce the recent passing of two Japanese giants in the field of Kawasaki Disease.
Dr. Shiro Naoe, Professor Emeritus of Toho University, who convened The Seventh International Kawasaki Disease Symposium in Hakone in 2001, passed away on March 16, 2017.
Not too long thereafter, May 22, 2017 saw the passing of Dr. Tsutomu Saji, also Emeritus Professor of Toho University, who convened The 10th International Kawasaki Disease Symposium in Kyoto in 2012.
The passing, in close succession, of two such historical figures in Kawasaki Disease research is a huge loss to the field and brings a sorrow that is difficult to bear. However, in cherished memory of Dr. Naoe and Dr. Saji and their life-long goals of elucidating the cause of Kawasaki Disease and improving its treatment, we pledge to do our utmost to further Kawasaki Disease research until those goals are achieved.
A brief memorial ceremony will be held for these two legends at The 12th International Kawasaki Disease Symposium in Yokohama, Japan, in 2018. We hope for the participation of many Kawasaki disease experts and researchers from around the world.
May 30, 2017
The 12th International Kawasaki Disease Symposium
Presidents Masahiro Ishii and Kei Takahashi