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Building healthcare workforce pipeline focus of UH medical school grants

Hilo Teen Health Camp participants (August 2015).

The University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has been awarded more than $5 million to fund programs aimed at preparing young people in Hawaiʻi for health careers. “At JABSOM we are very interested in helping prepare our state’s bright young students for career opportunities in health-related fields,” said Kelley Withy, director of the JABSOM Area Health ...

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Spiritual side of indigenous ocean sports explored


Eight years ago, Harald Barkhoff, professor of kinesiology and exercise sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, started a lifelong commitment to participate in Uluākea, a program managed by the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center designed to help develop the university into more of a “Hawaiian place of learning.” Cultural practitioners at Uluākea teach faculty in various academic disciplines ...

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Center on Aging receives $1 million grant for Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative

Center on Aging

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Center on Aging has received a three-year grant for $1 million for the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative-Specialized Supportive Services Project from the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hawaiʻi is one of 11 states to receive such a grant. The grant will be utilized by the Center on Aging to ...

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New way to measure if people are pre-diabetic discovered


A panel of markers have been discovered that helps identify if people are pre-diabetic by measuring the fatty acids in their blood. This discovery by University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers may allow physicians to warn patients years before the onset of diabetes, therefore allowing them to change their lifestyle patterns and potentially avoiding the diagnosis of a chronic disease. ...

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Generous donor asks for cure to breast and all other cancers

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

A donor gifts a total of $100,000 to the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center for cancer research. In the memo section of the bank cashier’s checks was a note with a directive to cure breast cancer. The remitter section was filled as, “God,” and the donor would like to stay anonymous. “This donation, inspired by God, allows UH Cancer Center researchers to ...

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Latest UH technology developments showcased for investors

Jason Leigh, professor of information and computer sciences at UH Mānoa, presented the Cyber-CANOE 3D virtual reality environment.

Potential investors got to see some of the exciting developments at the University of Hawaiʻi at a technology showcase in October. The presentations included: “Cyber-CANOE 3D virtual reality environment” by Jason Leigh, UH Mānoa professor of information and computer sciences “Anatomical 3D models on the zSpace virtual reality platform” by Jesse Thompson, technical director for anatomical imaging at the John ...

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Fighting childhood obesity focus of School of Medicine partnership

A student uses the new water bottle filling station at Kāneʻohe Elementary.

Students and faculty at Kaneʻohe Elementary School are drinking up the benefits of the best sugar-free beverage—water—thanks to a partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi, one of the state’s largest health-care providers. On October 26, the Windward Oʻahu school unveiled a water bottle filling station and presented each child ...

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Genetic variants for colorectal cancer identified

gold titanium research

Six genetic variants associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer were identified by University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers as part of a large international collaboration. The discovery will help identify high-risk individuals who should be prioritized for colonoscopy screening, potentially resulting in tumors being found earlier and increased patient survival. Colorectal cancer is more than 90 percent curable ...

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UH Cancer Center awarded $5.5 million to address health disparities among Pacific Islanders

Researchers and staff who contribute to growing cancer health disparities research and outreach.

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center has been awarded a five-year $5.5 million grant to support its ongoing partnership with the University of Guam, addressing cancer health disparities among Pacific Islanders in Hawaiʻi, Guam and neighboring U.S. Associated Pacific Islands. “This award will support research to prevent cervical cancer, oral cancer and other cancers of regional significance,” said Professor Neal ...

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JABSOM hosts “Back to School” training for Hawaiʻi science teachers

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Hawaiʻi Public school science teachers from Oʻahu and neighbor islands, participate in training in the University of Hawai`i medical school laboratories, through a Science Education Partnership Award received by the medical school from the National Institutes of Health. Theyʻre learning inside the Cardiovascular Research Center, among other locations, in a week-long course which gives them the opportunity to brush up ...

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