HICFA travels to Boston to present research at CROI 2018

Drs. Cecilia Shikuma, Dominic Chow, and Lishomwa Ndhlovu as well as Graduate Students attend and present at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2018 Conference in Boston, MA in the beginning of March 2018. They braved the cold and snowstroms to present our findings to an international audience.


Brooks Mitchell, a PhD student, presents at CROI 2018.

Dr. Dominic Chow, MD, MPH, presents at CROI 2018.

Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco, research coordinator for HICFA, at CROI 2018.

Friday Dec 1, 2017 – Please join us for Worldʻs AIDS Day in Honolulu

World AIDS Day 2017 will be observed on Friday, December 1st at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in downtown Honolulu.  The main ceremony begins at 6:30 PM with a program of music, hula, and the annual award given by the Department of Health for outstanding contributions in providing HIV/AIDS services in Hawaii. Drs. Cecilia Shikuma and Dominic Chow will present on “Living Healthy with HIV.”

For more information, please go to: https://worldaidsdayhawaii.org/oahu

WAD 2017 Flyer A

WAD 2017 Living Well


New Collaboration with the Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines

The Hawaii Center for AIDS (HICFA) announces an official collaboration with the Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines (UP). The Philippines is currently experiencing the highest HIV infection growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region. We are expanding to the Philippines to study this vulnerable population.


From left to right:
Kenneth Bongulto (lab tech), Jerome Villena (research assistant), Concepcion Ang (head of the research lab), Dr. Christian Francisco (project leader, Philippines), Dr. Marissa Alejandria (Principal Investigator, Philippines), Dr. Cecilia Shikuma (Principal Investigator, Univ. of Hawaii), Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco (Research Liaison), and Scott Bowler (Univ of Hawaiʻi)

Ms. Conception Ang (head of UP’s research lab) and our Graduate Student, Scott Bowler, trains the Philippines site in blood processing techniques. Scott also partakes in Philippine customs in a traditional bamboo dancing event.


Sept 18 – National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

“Together we can age without HIV”

September 18th is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

The aging population of HIV-infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is an emerging model for studying premature aging. People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) may have several co-morbidities (illnesses) that can complicate the aging process and increase vulnerability to aging. This leads to a decline in body function and potential, which is clinically described as frailty. We have seen both physiological and cognitive declines in PLWHA, and we offer clinical services and HIV research for our patients to live longer, healthier lives.

The Clint Spencer Clinic is proud to provide medical services for PLWHA, including older adults. We are an HIV clinic in Hawaiʻi with services that include Oʻahu, Maui, and the Big Island. We collaborate with other organizations to provide a wide range of services.

The Hawaii Center for AIDS also participates in clinical studies evaluating aging in people with HIV/AIDS. We are currently running studies concerning frailty, Alzheimer’s, and other cognitive conditions.

Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals collaboration to study mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

JABSOM covers our new collaboration with Neuraltus Pharamceuticals: a Phase 1b study of NP001 in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. Check it out below:

“Given the key role inflammatory monocytes and macrophages may play in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, researching immune regulators – like NP001 – is critical to understanding more about this serious and complex disease.” – Dr. Beau Nakamoto

“This is the first clinical study of NP001 in Alzheimer’s disease and we look forward to examining the results to see whether the compound impacts inflammation levels in this patient population.” – Rich Casey, Neuraltus Pharmaceutals CEO

“This trial wouldn’t be happening in Hawaiʻi without the RMATRIX (Multidisciplinary And Translational Research Infrastructure Expansion) Program at JABSOM, which supports the mentoring of junior scientists and the professional relationships forged through scientific collaboration.” – Dr. Cecilia Shikuma

UH Medical School: Phase 1b study announced of NP001 in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

Donate to HICFA with Foodland’s Matching Gift


HICFA’s 5-digit code number #: 789-24

Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program begins next Friday, September 1, and we were chosen to participate!

Customers are encouraged to make a donation at checkout to their favorite Hawaiʻi non-profit organization including HICFA. This year, Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match each donation with more than $300,000 for all organizations combined.

  • During September, Maika`i members are invited to make donations up to $249 to their favorite participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout.
  • Also customers who shop using their own reusable bag have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit or 3 HawaiianMiles for each reusable bag they bring and use. During September, customers may choose to donate their 5¢ bag credit to the Give Aloha matching gifts fund!

Thank you for supporting HICFA!

For more information, see Foodland’s website at: https://www.foodland.com/blog/give-aloha-2017

Glen Chew and Eleanore Chuang are awarded the ‘Joseph E. Alicata Award’ by Tropical Medicine , Aug 1, 2017


Both Glen Chew and Eleanore Chuang in Drs. Ndhlovu and Shiramizu’s lab have been awarded the ‘Joseph E. Alicata Award’ by the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology.

The stated purposes of this award are: (1) to encourage the study of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease; and (2) to reward outstanding scholastic achievement in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease.

For more information, see the Tropical Medicine website at: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/tropicalmedicine/?page_id=366#Alicata