At the 8th International Conference on HHV-6 & 7 in Paris, France on April 9, 2013, Dr. William Hall made a presentation to the first recipient of the Caroline B. Hall Young Investigator Award, Dr. Yoshiki Kawamura, who has published important research on the role of cytokines in HHV-6 encephalopathy. In recognition of Caroline’s contribution to the field, the HHV-6 Foundation established an annual grant award in her honor.
Dr. Kawamura is a clinical virologist and pediatric infectious disease specialist, and is poised to become a leading expert in pediatric HHV-6 infections of the central nervous system, a field first pioneered by Caroline Hall. Dr. Kawamura’s research has been largely focused on the development of HHV-6 encephalitis in children and transplant recipients. His work has already helped identify important factors in the pathogenesis of HHV-6 encephalitis resulting from primary infection, and how this presentation differs from the reactivation found in transplant patients. Dr. Kawamura was also the first to describe a case of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) in a transplant recipient. His current research endeavors include the characterization of HHV-6 latency and reactivation through detailed study of the HHV-6 genome and mRNA expression in brain tissues.