Preventing Zika from harming unborn children

Mukesh Kumar

With a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, infectious disease scientist Mukesh Kumar, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), will investigate the Zika virus in pregnant women. His goal is to develop strategies to prevent transmission of the disease to the fetus. “We want to understand how the Zika virus is transmitted to the fetus, how the virus …

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UH researchers among the world’s top experts on selenium

Marla Berry and Peter Hoffman

The Journal of Biological Chemistry selected a scientific article on the unique family of proteins containing selenium by Marla Berry and Peter Hoffmann as among the research highlights of the year in the biomedical sciences. Berry and Hoffmann are University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine professors. Selenium is an antioxidant nutrient that can protect humans from metabolic, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as many …

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Fifth UH simulated Mars mission is in the books

HI-SEAS Mission V crew

On September 17, after eight months of isolation in a geodesic dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa, six HawaiʻiSpace Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) crew members exited their habitat. They felt the sun and wind on their faces and ate fresh tropical papaya, pineapple and bananas with friends and family. It’s been a memorable experience for the Mission Vcrew for a variety …

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Mars simulation crew readying to exit Mauna Loa habitat

The eight-month mission to “Mars” for the fifth University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) crew is almost over. Anticipation is building, as the crewmembers get ready to exit their habitat on Mauna Loa on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The NASA-funded HI-SEAS project aims to help determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions, including travel to Mars. “Long term …

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Alzheimer’s Disease clinical trial begins at UH medical school

Beau Nakamoto

A clinical trial on a drug that researchers hope will reduce inflammation in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease will begin at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The JABSOM trial involves an investigational therapy, NP001, developed by Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing innovative therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. This study aims to assess whether a single dose …

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Drop that Chalk!, a guide to better teaching in higher education

Marie Iding, an educational psychology professor with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Education, co-authored a new book, Drop that Chalk! A Guide to Better Teaching at Universities and Colleges. The book is designed for those planning to teach—or already teaching and hoping to improve instruction—in colleges, universities, or other institutions of higher education. Drop that Chalk! delineates the process of planning a …

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Research of Japanese poultry practices leads to distinguished scholarship

Three years ago, while doing guided research of Japanese language materials in Yokohama, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate student Benjamin Schrager read about chicken broilers in Miyazaki. He was impressed by how they connected issues of agricultural industrialization, self-sufficiency and consumer anxiety. Between January and March of 2011, Miyazaki poultry farms were struck by 13 outbreaks of avian influenza that necessitated the rapid …

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Naleen Andrade honored for advancing diversity in mental health

Naleen Andrade, MD

Naleen Naupaka Andrade, professor and director of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM) National Center on Indigenous Hawaiian Behavioral Health, has been honored with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) 2017 Jeanne Spurlock Lecture and Award on Diversity and Culture. This distinguished award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the understanding of …

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UH contributes to the study of the evolution of multi-cellularity in animals

microscopic image of Chromosphaera perkinsii NK52, a new microbial eukaryote genus and species cultivated from Hawaiʻi

Scientists have long wondered how single-celled organisms evolved into the multicellular animals we see today, but addressing this has only recently become possible by comparing complete genome sequences of diverse organisms. A study that included newly discovered and known species from Hawaiʻi has provided insights into the evolution of multi-cellularity in animals. Recently published research from an international team that included Associate …

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