Applied History of Medicine


Kawasaki Disease Research Project

Dr. Kushner is a Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor at Emory University. He has written extensively on medical and social history, including American Suicide (1991) and A Cursing Brain? The Histories of Tourette Syndrome (1999). His current research focuses on risk and protective factors in addictive behaviors.

Dr. Turner is an Anthropologist and Associate Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Program in Japanese Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Turner is author of the book Japanese Workers in Protest:An Ethnography of Culture and Experience(1994) and articles exploring culture and inequality in Japan and China. Her current research focuses on contemporary practices of cultural production in Japanese organizations and on transnational processes of creating consensus in Kawasaki disease.

Dr. Burns is Chief of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology in the Dept. of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Burns has a career-long interest in Kawasaki disease and has authored numerous clinical and basic science articles on the disease. Her current research focuses on the genetic influences underlying susceptibility to Kawasaki disease and coronary artery complications.

Dr. Bastian is Director of the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Clinics at Children's Hospital, San Diego and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He has treated children with Kawasaki syndrome for over 20 years. His other research interests include childhood asthma, primary immunodeficiency disorders, and the applied history of medicine.

Rupert Macnee

Mr. Macnee is a Marketing and Media Consultant. He has produced, written, edited and directed programming for PBS, A&E’s Ancient Mysteries and An Evening at the Improv, Discovery Channels Movie Magic and World of Wonder, and the CableACE winner Full Frontal Comedy for Showtime. He has also created a wide range of Educational and Promotional communication for corporate and educational institutions, particularly in the health field.