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Long lives, short lives: Why are there stark differences among Hawai`i’s people?

JABSOM geriatric medicine

The University of Hawai`i’s multidisciplinary research into why some of Hawai`i’s residents live the longest while others struggle to get beyond their 50’s will continue under the leadership of John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges, MD and Dr. Noreen Mokuau. The $15.4 million, five-year renewal comes on the heels of a successful foundation laid in the first ... Read More »

Bringing gender equity into research

Marla Berry, PhD

Are there gender differences in how males and females react to nutrients? University of Hawai`i at Mānoa researcher Dr. Marla Berry is working to find out, and her efforts are part of a new initiative announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin addressing persistent gender bias in laboratory research. Women are not adequately represented in many clinical ... Read More »

Ebola: What do we know?

CDC Response Volunteers

The Center for Disease Control’s response to Ebola is the largest international outbreak response in CDC’s history.  As of September 16, CDC had more than 100 disease detectives on the ground in West Africa, supported by hundreds of public health emergency response experts stateside. On September 17, the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at JABSOM hosted a ... Read More »

$11M in new NIH funding for groundbreaking work in reproductive research

green lamb

The Institute for Biogenesis Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine has been awarded $10.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue its groundbreaking work in reproductive and developmental biomedical research. The Institute laid the scientific foundation for human in vitro fertilization under founder Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, whose assisted reproductive methods are still being used around ... Read More »

Culture and family influence on smoking in Filipina girls

girl smoking

Smoking rates for youth in the U.S. have been declining, but the trend does not hold true for some Asian American ethnicities.  Recent results from Hawai‘i’s Youth Tobacco Survey indicate that 20.1% of Filipina high school girls smoke, compared to only 5.6% of Japanese and 5.3% of Chinese girls.  In fact, Filipinas in Hawai‘i are picking up their first cigarettes ... Read More »

Epigeneticist from Wai’anae discovers science behind native traditions

Alika Maunakea

Epigenetics and epigenomics are big and somewhat unfamiliar words to many, but they are likely terms you will hear about more and more. Department of Native Hawaiian Health researcher and Assistant Professor Dr. Alika Maunakea’s studies are helping to ensure that happens. His research in the field, detailing a link between epigenomics and alternate promoter usage, has been published in ... Read More »

A new tool for the early detection of heart failure

CP Stethoscope test

The CP-Stethoscope, proposed by UH startup company MiWa Technologies, is a unique, non-invasive radio-frequency sensor for continuous monitoring of multiple vital signs, including measurement of changes in lung water content for early detection of heart failure and other cardiopulmonary diseases. The National Science Foundation has published a highlight featuring this UH Manoa research success story on their website.  The NSF credits ... Read More »

Startup company developing novel therapies for treating heart failure based on UH research

Makai Biotechnology LLC

Biotech startup Makai Biotechnology LLC is licensing technology from the University of Hawai‘i to develop new cardiovascular drugs aimed at treating and preventing heart failure. Alexander Stokes, an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), developed the science for the drugs. At JABSOM, Stokes worked on identifying a new target and ... Read More »

Shorter men may live longer

Dr. Bradley Willcox

Short height and long life have a direct connection in Japanese men, according to new research based on the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP) and the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS). “We split people into two groups – those that were 5-foot-2 and shorter, and 5-4 and taller,” said Dr. Bradley Willcox, one of the investigators for the study and ... Read More »

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