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$2.7 million grant funds liver cancer prevention study

Wei Jia

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researcher Wei Jia has received a five-year $2.7 million grant to study how gut bacteria can damage the liver and eventually promote the development of fibrosis and liver cancer. His study will help researchers design new approaches to preventing liver cancer. Jia, the shared resources director at the UH Cancer Center, received the grant from ...

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Heart failure therapy patent awarded to medical school researcher

Alexander Stokes

A patent has been issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa medical researcher Alexander Stokes who has developed a novel therapy to treat and prevent heart failure. Stokes is an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). “Many types of diseases ultimately affect ...

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One in eight children in Hawaiʻi live in poverty, according to KIDS COUNT data


“We have more children in poverty now, more children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, and over a quarter of our children living in families where parents lack secure employment,” explains Ivette Rodriguez Stern of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on the Family. That’s over 40,000 children, or about one in eight, living in poverty in Hawaiʻi—worse than in 2008, ...

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[VIDEO] School of Medicine celebrates 50 years of healing

JABSOM geriatric medicine

On Saturday, July 18, medical students, legislators, instructors and guests celebrated at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraising Gala—officially delcared “John A. Burns School of Medicine Day” in Hawaiʻi. “I know as a graduate of UH Mānoa, I am proud of the John A. Burns School of Medicine,” Hawaiʻi Governor ...

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Compounds show potential in fighting brain and breast cancers

UH Cancer Center Chief Academic Lead James Turkson

Researchers have discovered two chemical compounds that effectively stop the growth of brain cancer cells and breast tumors, opening the way for potential new drugs to be developed. “It is particularly encouraging for brain tumor patients, who do not currently have effective treatment options besides surgery,” said Dr. James Turkson, chief academic lead of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center ...

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Seeking cures from bamboo


A recent article in Time Magazine described a new type of beverage coming to market– bamboo water. The magazine turned to a University of Hawai’i bamboo expert to learn more about the purported benefits of the plant. Dr. Jun Panee, in the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), has been working for nine ...

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Two UH-developed technologies presented at prestigious showcase


KinetiCor and Jun Innovations were the first University of Hawaiʻi spinouts (inventions developed from university research) to be invited to present at the prestigious First Look LA showcase of university technologies held on June 24, 2015 at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute. KinetiCor was represented by CEO Jeffrey Yu and Jun Innovations was represented by Luke Tucker of XLR8UH (UH’s proof of concept center/accelerator ...

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Aspirin may delay growth of asbestos-related cancer


Aspirin may inhibit the growth of mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly asbestos-related cancer, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers have found. The finding could eventually give doctors and patients a potential new tool to fight against this devastating disease, which kills about 3,200 people a year nationwide, and advance knowledge of how to fight other cancers. The study published in ...

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UH Manoa and Hawaii Biotech join forces to develop an Ebola vaccine

Dr. Alex Lehrer

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Hawaii Biotech, Inc. (HBI) have agreed to partner in the clinical development of a Filovirus vaccine. The first generation recombinant subunit vaccine is aimed at providing protection against infection by the Ebola virus. There are currently no vaccines licensed for use against Ebola Virus Disease and ...

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UH Cancer Center Excellence in Research Award

Wei Jia

Wei Jia, a professor and associate director leading the UH Cancer Center’s Shared Resources Program, won the first quarterly Excellence in Research Award in October 2014 for his team’s work on metabolic biomarkers for a particular form of leukemia. The panel of six biomarkers studied by the team has the potential to become a test that could eventually help increase a patient’s chances of survival. Their paper, “A distinct glucose ...

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