1st International Kawasaki Disease Registry
& EUROKiDs Joint Meeting

November 2–4, 2023
Bologna, Italy

Inflammation and the Young Heart

Through the Lens of MIS-C and Kawasaki Disease
Cardiology and Rheumatology Perspectives


Thursday / 2 november 2023


Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada)
Isabelle Kone-Paut (Paris, France)

The IKDR collaborative effort 10 years after inception

Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada)


Moderators: Cristina Maggio (Palermo, Italy)  Alessandra Marchesi (Rome, Italy)

  1. CLASSIC KD – Maryam Piram (Montreal, Canada)
    Rash and peeling: how to distinguish among different conditions such as measles, mononucleosis, Stevens Johnson, So JIA, …Conjunctivitis: how to distinguish among different conditions
  2. INCOMPLETE/ATYPICAL KD – Teresa Giani (Florence, Italy)
    Illustrate the diagnostic algorithm for  incomplete presentationsHighlight the red flags of atypical presentations
  3. IMAGING – Laura Greco, (Bologna, Italy)
    Understand different imaging requirements/findings related to different KD mimics:Lymphadenopathies, retropharyngeal abscessGallbladder, liver
Session – Hands on Imaging


Andrea Donti (Bologna, Italy), Anna Balducci (Bologna, Italy)

Introduction: Basic echocardiography findings and non-findings – Nagib Dahdah (Montreal, Canada)

Live Echocardiography Hands-on for Coronary Artery imaging – Marianna Fabi (Bologna, Italy)

  • Where to find the CA, acoustic windows and views (per segments)
  • Where and how to measure CA diameter
  • Echo machine settings / choice of probes




Marco Cattalini (Brescia, Italy), Giovanni Calabri (Florence, Italy)

RESISTANT KD – Isabelle Melki (Paris, France)

  • Illustrate adjuvant treatment options
  • Illustrate whether risk factors should prompt primary adjuvant therapy
  • Illustrate delayed initial presentation and late diagnosis: to treat or not to treat

MAS AND KD – Francesa Minoia (Milan, Italy)

  • Illustrate MAS clinical/lab red flags
  • Define treatment options for MAS

MIS-C – Perrine Dusser-Benesty (Paris, France)

  • Illustrate MIS-C clinical/lab/radiology red flags
  • Define treatment differences and similarities with KD (shock and CAA matters)

Friday / 3 november 2023

Welcome and introductions

Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada)
Isabelle Kone-Paut (Paris, France)
Marianna Fabi (Bologna, Italy)
Teresa Giani (Florence, Italy)


Parents and family associations greetings

Insights from Multi-institutional and International Collaborations

Teresa Giani (Florence, Italy)
Nagib Dahdah (Montreal, Canada)
William Orr (St. Louis, USA)


  1. Long-Term Outcomes after the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome In Children: MUSIC Study-RECOVERY – Jane Newburger (Boston, USA)
  2. Dutch Consortium – Kawasaki Disease Study –  Stejara Netea (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) 
  3. Turk MIS-C Study Group – Seza Ozen (Ankara, Turkey) Virtual
  4. REMKALATINA – Rolando Ulloa Gutierrez (San Jose, Costa Rica) Virtual
  5. Japanese Kawasaki Disease Study/ AMED Program – Yoshihide Mitani (Japan) Virtual
  6. Kawarabi – Mona El Ganzoury (Cairo, Egypt) Virtual
Break and networking
Keynote Presentation


Dirk Foell (Muenster, Germany)

Ashraf Harahsheh (Washington DC, USA)

Marija Jelusic (Zagreb, Croatia)


Kawasaki Disease and IL-1 pathway 


Moshe Arditi (Los Angeles, CA) Insights from animal models 

Isabelle Kone-Paut (Paris, France) Insights from clinical practice 


Symposium – The pathology and pathophysiology of inflammation and cardiovascular damage

Michael Portman (Seattle, USA)
Jordi Anton (Barcelona, Spain)
Luigi Lovato (Bologna, Italy)


  1. Pathogenesis of MIS-C/KD 
    Speaker Christoph Kessel (Muenster, Germany)
  2. New therapeutic targets
    Speaker Jane Burns (San Diego, USA)
  3. Inflammation and the coronary/systemic arteries (KD, MIS-C, vasculitides)
    Speaker Simon Lee (Chicago, USA)
  4. Inflammation and the myocardium in MIS-C (KD, and other types of myocarditis)
    Speaker Supriya Jain (New York, USA)
Lunch and Networking

Elisa Fernandez Cooke (Madrid, Spain)
Pei-Ni Jone (Chicago, USA)
Giorgia Martini (Padua, Italy)


Debate 1 – KD patient with small CAA

Pro – KD patients with small CAA should be followed in cardiology clinics – Seda Tierney (Palo Alto, USA)

Con – KD patients with small CAA need not be followed in cardiology clinics – Nilanjana Misra (New York, USA)

Debate 2 – MIS-C in relation to KD

Pro – MIS-C is just a specific form of KD –Angelo Ravelli (Genoa, Italy)

Con – MIS-C is a condition distinct from KD –Fabrizio de Benedetti (Rome, Italy)

14:05- 15:25
Controversies in Diagnosis and Acute Management

Marianna Fabi (Bologna, Italy)
Deepika Thacker (Wilmington, USA)

  1. How do we manage the acute KD patient with evolving coronary artery aneurysms?
    Case presenter: Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada)
    Discussant: Therese Giglia (Philadelphia, USA)
  2. How do we distinguish and manage myocarditis associated with MIS-C from other causes of myocarditis?
    Case presenter: Simona Marcora (Milan, Italy)
    Discussant: Nadine Choueiter (New York, USA)
  3. Does artificial intelligence/machine learning help in recognizing incomplete KD from other febrile illnesses? Does AI/ML help distinguish MIS C and KD?
    Case presenter: Tyler Harris (Pittsburgh, USA)
    Discussant: Cedric Manlhiot (Baltimore, USA)
  4. How do we define MAS in the setting of KD and MIS-C?
    Case presenter: Jordi Anton (Barcelona, Spain)
    Discussant: Taco Kuijpers (Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Break and networking
Abstract Presentations


Supriya Jain (New York, USA)
Gabriele Simonini (Florence, Italy)
Alessandra Baldinelli (Ancona, Italy)



Wrap up of day 2 and introduction of day 3

Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada)
Isabelle Kone-Paut (Paris, France)

Patient/Parent Perspective

Thanks to:

Saturday / 4 november 2023

08:00- 08:15
Recap and business

Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada)
Isabelle Kone-Paut (Paris, France)

Patient/Parent Perspective

Controversies in Long-Term Management


Marianna Fabi (Bologna, Italy)
Jean Ballweg (Grand Rapids, USA)

  1. What is the optimal thromboprophylaxis strategy for KD or MIS-C patients with large aneurysms?
    Case presenter:
    Todd Nowlen (Phoenix, USA)
    Michael Portman (Seattle, USA)
  2. What is the significance and prognosis of non-coronary artery systemic aneurysms after KD?
    Case presenter: Luis Martin Garrido (Mexico City, Mexico)
    Discussant: William Orr (St. Louis, USA)
  3. What long-term conditions may be triggered by KD or MIS-C? Allergy, autoimmunity, neurodevelopmental, other?
    Case presenter: Geetha Raghuveer (Kansas City, USA)
    Discussant: Alexandre Belot (Lyon, France)
  4. What is the significance for MIS-C patients who have persistent abnormalities/LGA on cMRI? Coronary artery abnormalities?
    Case presenter: Aurelio Secinaro (Rome, Italy)
    Discussant: Ashraf Harahsheh (Washington DC, USA)
Break and networking
Abstract presentations

Álvaro Lafuente Romero (Madrid, Spain)
Gašper Markelj (Ljubliana, Slovenia)
Lucia Mauri (Milan, Italy)
Kate Webb (Cape Town, South Africa)

Speakers: TBD

Wrap up and farewell

Brian McCrindle (Toronto, Canada)
Isabelle Kone-Paut (Paris, France)

Marianna Fabi (Bologna, Italy)
Teresa Giani (Florence, Italy)

Parents Association



Organizing Committee

Brian Mc Crindle
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto
(Toronto, Canada)
Brian McCrindle is a pediatric and preventive cardiologist, Senior Scientist, and the originator and lead for the International Kawasaki Disease Registry. For Kawasaki disease, he has led guideline development and international meetings, as well as an extensive publication record, which further expanded with the advent of MIS-C.
Isabelle Kone-Paut
Kremlin-Bicetre Hospital
University of Paris Saclay
(Paris, France)
I am a Professor of Pediatrics, head of the pediatric rheumatology department at Bicêtre hospital, university of Paris Saclay. I am the coordinator of the national reference centre for autoinflammatory diseases and inflammatory amyloidosis, CEREMAIA
Marianna Fabi
Policlinico Sant'Orsola
University of Bologna
(Bologna, Italy)
Marianna Fabi is a Pediatric Cardiologist working at the Department of Pediatrics, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria, Bologna, Italy. Her main interests are acquired heart diseases in childhood, particularly in Kawasaki disease, MIS-C, Rheumatic Heart Disease and hypertensive heart disease. Since COVID-19 pandemic, she is also focused on diagnosis and management of MIS-C. She is an active member of IKDR and is part of its Steering committee.
Teresa Giani
AOU Meyer Children’s Hospital
University of Florence
(Florence, Italy)
Dr Teresa Giani received her MD degree, and completed her Paediatric training in Florence, Italy. She is a Pediatric Rheumatologist Consultant at Anna Meyer Children Hospital, Florence, Italy. She is lead of training and education pillar of vasculitis working party in the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society. Her research interest is on paediatric rheumatology with special focus on Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, vasculitis, and systemic connective tissue diseases

Program Committee

Fanny Bajolle
Paris, France
Nagib Dahdah
Montreal, Canada
Despina Eleftheriou
London, UK
Marianna Fabi
Bologna, Italy
Elisa Fernandez Cooke
Madrid, Spain
Dirk Föll
Muenster, Germany
Teresa Giani
Florence, Italy
Ashraf Harahsheh
Washington DC, USA
Supriya Jain
New York, USA
Anton Jordi
Barcelona, Spain
Isabelle Kone-Paut
Paris, France
Taco Kuijpers
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Álvaro Lafuente Romero
Madrid, Spain
Marcello Lanari
Honorary President,
Bologna, Italy
Brian McCrindle
Toronto, Canada
Stejara Netea
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Seza Ozen
Ankara, Turkey
Geetha Raghuveer
Kansas City, USA


Anna Balducci
Policlinico Sant'Orsola
University of Bologna
(Bologna, Italy)
Anna Balducci obtained her Medical Degree and Bachelor of Cardiology cum laude from the University of Bologna. She has been working at the Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Pediatric and ACHD patient Unit from 2007, where she leads the Echocardiography Laboratory. Her clinical interests and research projects encompass 3D echocardiography, fetal imaging and exercise cardiology. She is an active member of the regional section of Italian Society of Cardiology since 2018, where she gained further experience in the relationship and integration with external teams for the development of national projects in the field of pediatric cardiology. She teaches at the II level Master of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Bologna since 2007.
Alessandra Baldinelli
Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria delle Marche
(Ancona, Italy)
I'm a cardiologist, working in pediatric cardiology. In our institution we have a cardiology and surgery pediatric department and a pediatric hospital with all medical and surgery specialities. My main interest is in fetal cardiology.
Jean Ballweg
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
(Grand Rapids, USA)
My specialty is pediatric heart failure, transplant and mechanical circulatory support. I am also sub specialty trained in pediatric cardiac intensive care and have practiced in these areas for 20 years. My interest in Kawasaki Disease and MIS-C stems from the degree of myocardial dysfunction in the pediatric patients.
Giovanni Calabri
(Florence, Italy)
I was born in Florence in 15.10.1968
I graduated in Medicine and Surgery in Jul 1996 in University of Florence.
Then I specialized in Pediatrics in University of Florence/Italy in October 2000
In 2005 I earned my Master degree in Pediatric Cardiology, Università degli Studi di Bologna/Italy
Since 2005 I have been working in Cardiology Unit - Meyer Hospital/Florence
Marco Cattalini
University of Brescia and ASST Spedali Civili di Brescia
(Brescia, Italy)
prof. Cattalini has a long-lasting experience as a staff pediatrician at the Pediatric Clinic in Brescia, a Referral National Centre for Pediatrics, and he is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Brescia. He is actually the leading physician at the Pediatric Rheumatology Service, University of Brescia, where more than 300 patients/year are seen for first evaluation and more than 400 patients are regularly followed. Prof. Cattalini has a strong commitment towards clinical research, mainly focused on rare manifestations of autoimmune diseases and autoinflammatory disorders. Thanks to the active collaboration with international networks (PRINTO and Eurofever) he actively contributed to this field of research, as testified by publications on peer-reviewed papers. prof. Cattalini participated as an invited speaker at numerous national and international congresses on autoinflammatory diseases and pediatric rheumatology. Since 2014, he is also co-author of module 10 of the EULAR-PReS Online Course on Pediatric Rheumatology. He is co-PI of the Italian Registry of MIS-C and part of the Steering Committee of the HyperPED-COVID Registry. He is a founding member and council member of the Italian Society of Pediatric Rheumatology.
Andrea Donti
Policlinico Sant'Orsola
University of Bologna
(Bologna, Italy)
Andrea Donti is a pediatric cardiologist and he is the medical director of the Pediatric Cardiology Unit, IRCCS Policiinico di Sant'Orsola, University of Bologna.. He is an active member of Steering Committee of the Italian Society of Pediatric Cardiology.
Elisa Fernandez Cooke
Hospital 12 de Octubre
(Madrid, Spain)
I trained as a paediatrician, focusing on infectious diseases (2006-2010). From April 2014 to date I have been working as a consultant paediatrician in paediatric infectious diseases at Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid. I have been a Young ESPID educational committee member (2012-2020) and a young ESPID representative participating in the board (2015-2018). My research interests include bone and joint infections and Kawasaki disease. I set up KAWA-RACE (the spanish network for the study of Kawasaki disease) in 2015.
Dirk Foell
University of Muenster
(Muenster, Germany)
Dirk Foell, MD is a full professor at the University of Muenster, Germany, and head of the department of pediatric rheumatology and immunology. His research focus is on clinical-translational science. On the one hand, his laboratory works on mechanisms of innate immune dysfunction and immunoregulation, on the other hand his group aims for better strategies for individualized anti-inflammatory therapies.
Cristina Maggio
Children Hospital "G. Di Cristina", ARNAS Palermo
University of Palermo
(Palermo, Italy)
She is the medical referent of the Sicilian Regional Reference Centres:
- "Centro di Riferimento Regionale per le Malattie Rare autoinfiammatorie — Febbri periodiche" of Sicily
- "Centro di Riferimento Regionale per le Malattie del sistema osteomuscolare e del tessuto connettivo in età Pediatrica" of Sicily.
She is the medical referent in Children Hospital “G. di Cristina”, ARNAS Palermo of children with Kawasaki disease and MIS-C.
She is the medical referent of the association “REMARE onlus”, an association of young patients with rheumatologic diseases, autoinflammatory diseases, Kawasaki disease.
She was member of the scientific or organizing committee of several congresses in the field of paediatric rheumatology and she was speaker of lectures about Kawasaki disease, in several national and international congresses.
She is PI of national and international studies and the local PI of PRINTO and of the “Registro internazionale per le iperinfiammazioni da COVID-19 nei bambini e adolescenti”(Cod.: HyperPED-COVID).
She is author of several pubblications in the field of paediatric rheumatology and Kawasaki disease, autoinflammatory diseases, MIS-C, endocrine disorders in paediatric age.
Alessandra Marchesi
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
(Rome, Italy)
Prof Villani and me have activated the DH for over 15 years for follow-up, which has become a national reference center, which currently follows about 450 patients, of which 119 with coronary dilations
I coordinated the working group for "Italian Guidelines for Kawasaki disease", published in 2008. Then I coordinated the revision of the same, published in August 2018 "Kawasaki disease: guidelines of the Italian Society of Pediatrics, part I and part II”.
Gašper Markelj
Ljubljana University Medical Centre
(Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Giorgia Martini
Department of Woman and Child Health Padua
University of Padua
(Padua, Italy)
I am consultant at Pediatric Rheumatology Unit and attending physician at Pediatric Emergency Unit. My particular interest and area of research are the pediatric rheumatic diseases, and scleroderma syndromes in particular.
Marija Jelusic
Univeristy Hospital Centre
(Zagreb, Croatia)
Marija Jelusic, MD, MSc, PhD, is Full Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Croatia. She is the Chair of the Vasculitis Working Party of the Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) and the PReS Council member – Chair (elect) of the Training and Education committee.
Álvaro Lafuente Romero
Hospital Universitario La Paz
(Madrid, Spain)
Pediatric cardiologist from Madrid, member of the Spanish Kawasaki network scientific committee (KAWARACE) and passionate clinician
Luigi Lovato
Policlinico Sant'Orsola
University of Bologna
(Bologna, Italy)
Chief of Radiology Department of IRCCS AOU of Bologna. Cardiovascular Radiologist with estensive experience on advanced Cardiovascular CT and MR examinations especially related to Congenital heart disease and adult cardiac and aortic advanced imaging He has led an Imaging Follow-up Program for Acute Aortic Syndromes . He is coordinator for the Marfan and heritable thoracic aortic disease Hub Clinic He published more than 90 original articles on indexed Journals.
Lucia Mauri
Fondazione IRCCS Ca Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano
(Milan, Italy)
I made my studies of medicine and clinical cardiology in Milan, with special interest in paediatric cardiology. Then I spent 6 years abroad in France, between Marseille and Paris, where I definitively specialized in Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology. I work now in Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan.
William Orr
Washington University
St. Louis Children's Hospital
(St. Louis, USA)
Dr. William Orr is a pediatric cardiologist at Washington University in St. Louis. Through his interest in COVID-19, he helped develop a collaborative clinic and has co-authored multiple COVID-related manuscripts through the IKDR and research efforts, and has also given multiple presentations at local, state and national conferences.
Pei-Ni Jone
Lurie Children's Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
(Chicago, USA)
Dr. Jone is the Medical Director of Echocardiography Laboratory at Lurie Children's Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She sees Kawasaki Disease patients and does research in Kawasaki Disease.
Deepa Prasad
Banner Children's at Desert Medical Center
(Phoenix, USA)
I am a pediatric cardiologist at Banner Children's at Desert Medical Center in Arizona. I am currently the medical director of echo lab and cardiac MRI. I completed my cardiology fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland and advanced imaging fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. My research interest is coronary abnormalities in Kawasaki disease and site PI for IKDR/PreVail study.
Gabriele Simonini
Rheumatology Unit, ERN ReCONNET center, Meyer Children's Hospital IRCCS
University of Florence
(Florence, Italy)
Specialist in pediatrics and rheumatology, he is associate professor in pediatrics at the University of Florence. Expert in research methodology and epidemiology, he is Senior Honorary Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). Special interest: vasculitis, connective tissue diseases, inflammatory chronic uveitis. 311 Web of Science publications H index 38.
Deepika Thacker
Nemours Childrens Health, Delaware
(Wilmington, USA)
Deepika Thacker has been a pediatric cardiologist at Nemours Childrens Health, Wilmington, Delaware for over 13 years. She serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Inpatient Unit. In addition to congenital heart disease and echocardiography, she has a special interest in inflammatory conditions affecting the heart: such as Kawasaki disease, Rheumatic Fever and more recently, the effects of COVID-19 on the pediatric heart. In that capacity she is involved in multicenter studies as well as medical research groups which help advise the CDC. She also has a very keen interest in Quality Improvement processes and has spearheaded many such programs at the hospital.
Kate Webb
Red Cross Children’s Hospital
University of Cape Town
(Cape Town, South Africa)
Kate Webb is Head of Paediatric Rheumatology at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She completed her clinical training at the University of Cape Town, and a PhD at University College London. She runs a research group investigating immune diseases in South African children with a special interest in MIS-C, Kawasaki disease and juvenile lupus. She has rare experience in laboratory immunology, translational research, clinical research and is a senior clinician leading one of the only paediatric rheumatology research groups on the continent. She regularly publishes novel data with direct patient impact, has established large global collaborations and is motivated to ensure that South African children are represented in the global investigation of immune diseases.


Jordi Anton
Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
Universitat de Barcelona
(Barcelona, Spain)
Pediatric Rheumatologist. Director of the Study group of diseases due to immune dysfunction in Pediatrics and framed within the line on Infectious Diseases and Systemic Immune Response of the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD), with interest in Kawasaki disease.
Moshe Arditi
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
UCLA School of Medicine
(Los Angeles, USA)
Moshe Arditi, MD, is a Professor and Executive Vice-Chair for Research, Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. His research in innate immunity and cardiovascular diseases, including Kawasaki Disease vasculitis received continuous funding from the NIH for the past 25 years.
Alexandre Belot
Hôpital Femme Mère Enfant / Hospices Civils de Lyon
University of Lyon 1
(Lyon, France)
Pr Alexandre Belot is MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, head of the National Reference Centre for Rare Rheumatic and AutoImmune diseases in Children RAISE-Lyon at University of Lyon, France. Prof. Belot is a clinician and researcher who has a special interest in genetics of rheumatic diseases in children. He was the chair of the French MIS-C taskforce during 3 years.
Jane Burns
Rady Children's Hospital
(San Diego, USA)
Dr. Burns is Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD where she leads a multidisciplinary team that cares for 80-100 new KD patients each year. In 2020, the team pivoted to care for and study children with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
Nadine Choueiter
Mount Sinai Kravits Children's Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(New York, USA)
Nadine F. Choueiter, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director of the Congenital Cardiac MRI program and Co-Director of the Kawasaki Disease Follow-up Program at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital.
Matteo Ciuffreda
(Verona, Italy)
Nagib Dahdah
CHu Sainte-Justine
University of Montreal
(Montreal, Canada)
Graduated from Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon, and Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Since joining the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal, Kawasaki disease became my main research track. I believe in the virtues of establishing formal medical education in Kawasaki disease beyond pediatric healthcare.
Fabrizio De Benedetti
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
(Rome, Italy)
Fabrizio De Benedetti is a physician scientist. He received his MD/PhD from Pavia University, where he trained as a Pediatric Rheumatologist. Since 2003 he is at the Bambino Gesù Children Hospital in Rome as Head of the Pediatric Rheumatology Division, of the ImmunoRheumatology Laboratory and of the Immunology Research Department.
Perrin Dusser- Benesty
CHU Kremlin Bicêtre
(Paris, France)
'- Medical degree in 2013 after a 4-year residency in pediatrics.
Two fellowships:
- in pediatric rheumatology department of CHU Bicêtre (University of Paris Sud) in France (2014-2016)
- in the pediatric Immunology-Rheumatology department of CHU de Vaud (University of Vaud) in Switzerland (2016-2017).
- In 2022, a MPH degree at University Paris Sud with a program devoted to childhood exposure and risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in adulthood.
- I currently work as an associate professor in the department of pediatric rhumatology, in the French national reference center for auto-inflammatory diseases (CéReMAIA), in CHU de Bicêtre in Kremlin Bicêtre France (University Paris Saclay, Paris Sud).
I have two main areas of research are auto-inflammatory diseases, especially Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis and Musculoskeletal pediatric ultrasound.
Mona El Ganzoury
Ain Shams University
(Cairo Egypt)
Professor mona El Ganzoury :Professor of pediatrics & pediatric cardiology. Former head of the pediatric departments. Former head of pediatric cardiology & pulmonology departments. One of the main founders of pediatric cardiology department ..Chairperson of EL Ganzoury private hospital & head of its pediatric department. Education: Medical degree in pediatrics. Teaching under graduates & postgraduates at AIN SHAMS UNIVERSITY. Supervising hundreds of master & M.D thesis, Member of several pediatric societies on national and international level.
Luis Martin Garrido
Hospital Angeles Lomas
(Mexico City, Mexico)
Pediatric Cardiologist - Pediatric Echocardiography
seeing Kawasaki disease patients since 1996
Member of REKAMLATINA (Red Latinoamericana para la Enfermedad de Kawasaki)
Member of IKDR
Therese Giglia
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
(Philadelphia, USA)
Dr. Giglia is attending cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is founding Director of the Cardiac Anticoagulation and Thrombosis Program, Director, Infant Single Ventricle Monitoring Program, and Co-director of the Complex Kawasaki Disease Program. She has been an active participant in IKDR since 2014.
Laura Greco
Policlinico Sant'Orsola
University of Bologna
(Bologna, Italy)
Laura Greco was born in Bologna, Italy, and there she attended the School of Medicine at Alma Mater Studiorum, graduating cum laude in 2002. She then specialized in Pediatric Surgery, in 2007, and in Radiology, in 2014. Since 2015 she has been working as a Pediatric Radiologist at the Department of Radiology, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna. Her main radiological interests are Pediatric Urology, Oncology and Emergency, with particular regard to the use of ultra-sounds as a diagnostic tool. During COVID-19 pandemic she focused on radiological diagnosis of MIS-C.
Ashraf Harahsheh
Children's National Hospital
The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
(Washington DC, USA)
Professor of Pediatrics-The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Director of Quality and Outcomes in Cardiology and Director of Children's National Kawasaki Disease Program at Children's National Hospital, Washington DC
Tyler Harris
UPMC Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh SOM
(Pittsburgh, USA)
Dr. Tyler H. Harris, MD is a Pediatric Cardiologist specializing in care of hospitalized children with cardiac disease at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He runs the Kawasaki Disease Clinic and MIS-C Clinic for the Heart and Vascular Institute and is a member of IKDR.
Supriya Jain
New York Medical College/ Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
New York Medical College
(New York, USA)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology at New York Medical College.
Director of Pediatric Cardiac MRI/Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at WMC. Pediatric cardiologist at Boston Childrens Health Physicians, NY.
Clinical Education Liaison, Director of Transition to Residency and Transition to Fourth Year Program at NYMC-School of Medicine.
Steering committee member, IKDR and Scientific committee member of the joint meeting. Also serve on the leadership committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
Principal Investigator of MACiV -Myocarditis After COVID Vaccination, a large multi-center study funded by the FDA.
Christoph Kessel
Department of Pediatric Rheumatology & Immunology
University of Muenster
(Muenster, Germany)
Dr Christoph Kessel is assistant professor of immunology and leader of the unit for Translational Inflammation Research within the Department of Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology at Münster University Children’s Hospital, Germany. The team’s primary research interest is in understanding of disease mechanisms and biomarkers in context of systemic inflammatory diseases.
Taco Kuijpers
Amsterdam UMC (Emma Children's Hospital)
University of Amsterdam
(Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Prof. Taco Kuijpers is a pediatric immunologist at the Amsterdam UMC. His research group focuses on immunodeficiencies, immune dysregulation and inflammatory disorders like Kawasaki disease, with special interest into the interplay between clinical and pathophysiological aspects. The Dutch Kawasaki cohort was initiated by Prof. Kuijpers two decades ago and consists of >1000 patients.
Simon Lee
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
(Chicago, USA)
Simon Lee, M.D. is a pediatric cardiologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Lurie Children's Hospital. He is the medical director of the Kawasaki Disease and Coronary Anomalies programs and specializes in advanced cardiac imaging. His clinical interests focus on coronary anomalies and aneurysms, and stress perfusion imaging.
Cedric Manlhiot
Johns Hopkins University
(Baltimore, USA)
Cedric Manlhiot is a research scientist in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of the Cardiovascular Analytical Intelligence Initiative (CV-Ai2) in the Blalock-Taussig-Thomas Heart Center. His work focuses on the development, deployment and evaluation of clinical prediction models and digital biomarkers.
Isabelle Melki
Hôpital Robert-Debré - APHP
(Paris, France)
Paediatric rheumatologist, specialised in genetic and multifactorial type I interferonopathies, interested in Kawasaki Disease and MIS-C. President of the SOFREMIP, French speaking society for paediatric rheumatic and inflammatory diseases.
Francesca Minoia
Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Garanda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico
(Milan, Italy)
Pediatric Rheumatologist at Gaslini Institute, Genoa, from 2013 to 2017, and since 2017 at Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.
My research is mainly focused on systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, macrophage activation syndrome and hemophagocytic syndormes.
I'm the current Secretary and Lead of Clinical Care of the MAS/sJIA Working Party of PReS
Nilanjana Misra
Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY, Northwell Health
Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM)
(New York, USA)
Nilanjana Misra, MBBS, FAAP, FSCMR is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine and Director of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac MRI/CT at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Northwell Health NY, and a member of the Steering Committee of IKDR. She is actively involved in the management of patients with KD, MIS-C and myocarditis.
Simona Marcora
ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda
(Milan, Italy)
Dr. Simona Anna Marcora is an Italian onsultant pediatric cardiology , who recently moved to Niguarda Hospital in Milano, after working 12 years in Bergamo hospital After completing specialization in Cardiology in 2004, she was trained Pediatric Cardiology at Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome. She is involved mainly in cardiac imaging, mostly fetal echocardiography and cardiac MRI. Since 2017, as visiting consultant, she collaborates with Kinderspital in Zurich where she is trained cardiac MRI and in 2019 she passed the EACVI exam for European accreditation in MRI for congenital heart disease. Her clinical and research interests include follow up of single ventricle patients, advance cardiac imaging and study of right ventricle function.
Yoshihide Mitani
Mie University Hospital
Mie University Graduate School of Medicine
(Tsu, Japan)
Professor, Director of CHD/KD center, Mie University Hospital.
President, Japanese Society of Kawasaki Disease.
Chair of International Affairs, Japanese Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.
Liaison member of Young Hearts (AHA)
Postdoctoral training (1997-99) in the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.
Stejara Netea
Amsterdam UMC (Emma Children's Hospital)
(Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Stejara Netea is a MD PhD student in the Pediatric Hematology, Immunology and Infectious diseases department in the Amsterdam UMC in The Netherlands. She is involved in research concerning Kawasaki disease and MIS-C under the supervision of pediatric immunologist Prof. Taco Kuijpers and pediatric cardiologist Irene Kuipers.
Jane Newburger
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
(Boston, USA)
Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH, is the Commonwealth Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Cardiologist-in-Chief for Academic Affairs at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research has focused on randomized trials and cohort studies in congenital heart disease, Kawasaki disease, and the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children.
Todd Nowlen
Phoenix Children's
University of Arizona
(Phoenix, USA)
Dr. Todd Nowlen has been a clinical pediatric cardiologist for the last 25 years. Five years ago, he joined Phoenix Children’s as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He has participated in numerous multicenter trials and was the site PI for the FUEL Trial as well as the IKDR PreVAIL Trial.
Seza Ozen
Hacettepe University
(Ankara, Turkey) Virtual
I have graduated and had my Pediatrics residency training in Hacettepe University, Medical School. I was a post-doctoral fellow in Stanford University between 1989-1991. Since then I have been an academic Faculty member in Hacettepe University.
My main research interests are childhood vasculitides (including Kawasaki disease) and autoinflammatory diseases (including Familial Mediterranean Fever. I have authored >500 papers, and given many lectures, mainly on these topics.
Maryam Piram
CHU Sainte Justine
Université de Montréal
(Montreal, Canada)
Dr. Piram is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal (Canada) and Head of the Pediatric Dermatology Unit at CHU Sainte-Justine. She has a strong interest in diseases at the interface between dermatology and rheumatology. Her research program is devoted to clinical research on childhood vasculitides and auto-inflammatory diseases.
Michael Portman
Seattle Children's
University of Washington
(Seattle, WA)
Dr. Portman is a pediatric cardiologist with diverse research interests including Kawasaki Disease. He has been principal investigator for multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S Food and Drug administration focused on translational and clinical research. These projects include clinical trials evaluating therapies for Kawasaki Disease.
Geetha Raghuveer
Children's Mercy Hospital
University of Missouri
(Kansas City, USA)
I am a Pediatric Cardiologist and Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. I direct the Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Clinic. My scholarly interest is in investigating outcomes following all types of pediatric onset heart diseases and risks including Kawasaki Disease and MIS C.
Angelo Ravelli
IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini
University of Genoa
(Genoa, Italy)
Angelo Ravelli, MD, is Scientific Director of the Giannina Gaslini Institute of Genoa and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Genoa, Italy. He is President of the Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PRES), is author or co-author of more than 400 scientific papers and has been invited as speaker in more than 300 international congresses.
Aurelio Secinaro
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
(Rome, Italy)
Aurelio Secinaro is the Director of the Advanced Cardio-Thoracic Imaging Unit at Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital in Rome and Adjunct Professor at Humanitas University in Milan.
His clinical work and research are focused on Cardiovascular MR and CT in children and congenital heart disease.
He started CMR/CT more than a decade ago, after completing his training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London
His dedication to Cardiovascular Imaging is unyielding and since 2018 he has lead a team of Cardiologists and Radiologists involved in the field.
Dr Aurelio Secinaro actively promotes the clinical role of CMR/CT being part of local, European and global Imaging working groups/task forces and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging and the Congenital Heart Disease Journal.
Seda Tierney
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford University
(Palo Alto, USA)
I am a pediatric cardiologist subspecialized in imaging with expertise in Kawasaki and Marfan patients. As a clinician scientist I study outcomes and cardiovascular health in children with acquired and congenital heart disease, where I have conducted several tele-intervention and imaging studies.
Rolando Ulloa Gutierrez
Hospital Nacional de Niños de Costa Rica
Universidad de Ciencias Médicas (UCIMED)
(San Jose, Costa Rica)
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at the Hospital Nacional de Niños “Dr. Carlos Sáenz Herrera” in San José, Costa Rica. Coordinator of REKAMLATINA (Red de Enfermedad de Kawasaki en América Latina). Member of the Costa Rican National Academy of Medicine, and Member of the AHA’s Rheumatic fever, Endocarditis and Kawasaki Disease Committee.


Auditorium Enzo Biagi, Biblioteca Salaborsa, Piazza del Nettuno,1

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All sessions of the 1st IKDR & EUROKiDs Joint Meeting will be held at the Enzo Biagi Auditorium inside the SalaBorsa Library in Bologna. The Auditorium capacity is 150 people.

Inaugurated in 2001, this space was born inside the very important Palazzo d’Accursio, once the seat of the city government. The building overlooks Piazza Nettuno, one of the most beautiful squares in the city, built in 1564.

Sala Borsa was previously the seat of some municipal offices, however between 1988 and 1990 the decision was taken to transform it into a modern cultural center through the inclusion of a library. This decision was made in relation to the urban project called “Urban Park of Piazza Maggiore”, implemented precisely in those years.

In the vicinity of the building there is also the famous covered square, named for the large crystal roof that covers it. Here you can admire the suggestive excavations that testify the presence of the ancient civilizations that have followed one another over the centuries.



Thanks to the agreement with Bologna Welcome, the participants in the Meeting will be able to take advantage of a minimum discount of 10% on the hotel rates applied by the partner structures.

The discount applies to overnight stays from 1 to 5 November 2023 booked on the bookingbolognawelcome.com website by indicating the discount code KAWA23.

Carrying out the search the hotels that have granted the discount will be displayed. By following the various steps of the booking you will arrive at the final confirmation.

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You may register through the form below. Each Participant must use a separate registration form.

The Conference Hall capacity is 150 people.

Letter of Confirmation
A confirmation letter will be sent to the submitted email within one week of receipt of the total registration fee.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation of registration will be accepted until September 3, 2023, up to which date the registration fee will be refunded with a 50,00.-EUR deduction for administrative expenses.

For cancellations received on and after September 4, 2023, the registration fee will be non-refundable.

Notification of changes in the reservation and/or cancellations must be done in writing to the attention of Ms. Silvia Palmia (s.palmia@projcom.it)

Payment Terms
The official currency of the 1st IKDR & EUROKiDs Joint Meeting is EUR.
Payments should be made in advance via bank transfer.

Social Meeting Dinner
Date: November 3, 2023 – Friday
Venue: TBD

The Social Meeting Dinner is an optional ticket event organised in an offsite venue. The tickets can be purchased through the registration system. Due to limited capacity, only the participants who first purchased tickets will be able to be accepted to attend.

Registration fee includes:

  • Access to the Scientific sessions of the meeting
  • Congress kit
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Coffee breaks and Friday lunch

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Abstract submission

What can be submitted?

  • Original research/unique case reports. Research that has been submitted elsewhere for either presentation or publication elsewhere but has not yet been presented or published prior to November 4, 2023 can be submitted for consideration.
  • Submitted research must be relevant to the objectives of the meeting.

What are the requirements for submission?

  • Abstracts must be submitted by email by the deadline – Monday, September 11, 2023 by midnight CET to brian.mccrindle@sickkids.ca.
  • Corresponding and presenting authors will be informed of acceptance and place in the program before Monday, September 25, 2023.
  • It is a requirement that the presenting author of an accepted abstract must register and attend the meeting in person, and at their own expense. This is a requirement for acceptance, and you should consider this before making a submission.
  • Authors must choose the presentation type:
    – Poster presentation
    – Moderated poster presentation.
  • Please carefully proofread your submission and ensure that it follows the format/instructions exactly and that all requested information is provided.

What is the format for submission?

  • All submissions must be in English language.
  • Use Arial 12 pt font throughout, single space only.
  • Title – Title must not include any abbreviations.
  • Authors – Authors should be listed in order and include full name, no degrees.
  • Author affiliations – Specify the institutional affiliation for each author. For authors at the same institution the affiliation should be formatted identically.
  • Abstract body – Strictly limited to 350 words, including suggested headings. All abbreviations should be initially spelled out in the body of the abstract at first use; the exception is for common abbreviations (such as LV, KD, MIS-C) or accepted measurement units (such as kg, mmol/L). Abstracts with the following structure and headings are preferred:
    Background: Highlight the general topic and area of controversy to be addressed.
    Study question: This is the question that the study seeks to address, and must be stated as a question (with a question mark [?] at the end).
    Methods: This should specify the study population, measurements and data analysis approach aimed at answering the question.
    Results: Results much be specified in sufficient detail so as to support the stated conclusions. One small figure or table only can be appended at the end of the abstract which does not count towards the word count.
    Conclusions: Conclusions must be supported by the results presented. Inclusion of a statement of clinical relevance is suggested.
  • At the bottom of the submission, state who is the corresponding/submitting author and their full contact information (full name, mailing address, email). This is the person who will be notified of acceptance and their place in the program. Also state who will be the presenting author if the abstract is accepted (full name, mailing address, email).

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