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2012 Conference Toluca, Mexico


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Kwang Sik Kim, M.D. PDF Print E-mail

ImageKwang Sik Kim, M.D.
Professor and Director
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
200 North Wolfe St., Room 3157
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-614-3917
FAX: 410-614-1491
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Dr. Kim received his pediatric training at the Louisiana State University School of medicine in New Orleans and his fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA medical Center, UCLA School of Medicine in Torrance, California. He began his academic career at UVLA School of Medicine and was promoted to Professor at USC School of Medicine and Head of Division of Infectious Diseases at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 1991. He is currently Professor and Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim’s academic contributions have been to provide mentorship for young investigators and physician scientists at both USC and Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine.

Dr. Kim’s scientific contribution has been in the area of central nervous system (CNS) infection, including meningitis. The current knowledge on how meningitis-causing microbes traverse the blood-brain barrier and cause meningitis is largely derived from Dr. Kim’s laboratory. Dr. Kim’s laboratory using E. coli is the first to develop the concept that microbial penetration into the CNS is the result of specific microbial interactions with the blood-brain barrier receptors, involving specific host cell signal transduction pathways. This concept has also shown to be relevant to the pathogenesis of meningitis caused by other microbes, e.g., the contribution of internalin B to Listeria invasion of human blood-brain barrier.

Dr. Kim’s laboratory has been the major force at both national and international level to advance and promote the research on the pathogenesis of CNS infection. For example, his human blood-brain barrier model has been used by many investigators in infectious diseases and microbiology disciplines throughout the world to study the pathogenesis of CNS infection.