The department of cardiology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, organised the 21st JN Berry Memorial Oration on Thursday.
The lecture was instituted in the memory of professor JN Berry, former head of the department of cardiology at PGIMER.
Dr Jane C Burns, director, Kawasaki Disease Research Programme, University of California, USA, delivered the lecture on 'How molecular studies are leading to new treatments for patients with Kawasaki Disease'.
A world authority on this disease, Dr Burns has conducted research in this discipline during the last three decades.
In her lecture, Dr Burns spoke about her recent research pursuits to understand the cause of this disease.
She explained how tropospheric winds from highly cultivable croplands of northeastern China carried the putative toxin (probably a toxin from a fungus or bacterium) of the disease to Japan.
She maintained that air samples collected from winds blowing from northeastern China to Japan contained an unusually high quantity of the fungus Candida.
The oration was preceded by a special message from Dr Tomisaku Kawasaki, who had first observed the disease in the 1960s.
Kawasaki Disease explained
Kawasaki Disease is a disorder which destroys blood vessels due to inflammation.
Though the cause of this disease is still an enigma, it has been reported that the disease is commonly found in children.
It can lead to fatal complications, if not diagnosed and treated on time.
First discovered in Japan in 1967 by Dr Tomisaku Kawasaki, the disease has now become the leading cause of acquired heart disease among children in several developed countries, including Japan, European Union and North America.It is now being increasingly reported from developing countries, including India.