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UH medical school part of $157 million NIH award for childhood health


Children in Hawaiʻi will directly benefit from a seven-year, $157 million initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) launched by the National Institutes of Health. The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development—from conception through early childhood—influences the health of children and adolescents. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of ...

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Researchers find potential signature of cognitive function in people living with HIV

UH Mānoa researchers Lishomwa Ndhlovu and Michael Corley

University of Hawaiʻi researchers have identified a unique epigenetic footprint in specific types of immune cells from blood that can identify individuals with HIV that have a range of impairments in cognitive function. Reliable biomarkers such as that identified by the researchers offer insight into how HIV associated cognitive impairment develops but also promises improved diagnostic testing and improved treatment decisions. The findings ...

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UH Mānoa now the official hub for statewide health data


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s TASI-Pacific Health Informatics and Data Center (PHIDC) is now the official hub for storing statewide health data that will ensure that all U.S. health records are upheld. Formerly known as Telecommunications and Social Informatics, the name change acknowledges the center’s new role within the Science Research Institute in the College of Social Science. TASI-PHIDC will serve as a health data ...

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Zika video released by UH’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

Aedes species of mosquito

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaiʻi focuses on natural hazards like climate change and other threats to coastal and island communities. Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, NDPTC has developed a short video in partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health and the ...

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First community-based overdose and naloxone program begins in Hawaiʻi

Overdose Prevention Rescue Kit

The CHOW Project, in collaboration with University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi (the faculty practice of the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine), will begin to distribute kits to the people at risk of an opioid overdose. The kits contain an injectable medicine that can reverse lethal doses of opioid drugs. Drug users in the community who have ...

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Doctor supply grew but statewide shortage is still apparent

Family Medicine doctor January Andaya, (John A. Burns School of Medicine 2016) at the Mililani Physician Center.

The doctor shortage in Hawaiʻi eased a bit in the past year, as 97 new physicians received licenses to practice. That’s compared to the year before, when the number of newly licensed doctors was only four. The latest figures are from the Hawaiʻi Physician Workforce Assessment, released today. The survey, by the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of ...

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New book focuses on challenges faced by youth dealing with lasting legacies of colonialism

From left, Karen Umemoto and Katherine Irwin

Serving as a catalyst for thought-provoking discussions, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professors Katherine Irwin and Karen Umemoto’s new book offers a critical analysis of Hawaiʻi’s urban and rural youth who face poverty, racism, sexism and political neglect in the context of 200 years of American colonial control in the Pacific. Titled Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent ...

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Future Focus brings together top experts in innovation, technology and medical research

From left, Hank Wuh of Skai Ventures, Tim Dick of Startup Capital Ventures, Luis Salaveria of DBEDT and Omar Sultan of XLR8UH at the 2015 Future Focus Conference

The Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable and the University of Hawaiʻi will host the second annual Future Focus: The Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Medical Research, Cybersecurity and More. The day-and-a-half conference will be held on October 5–6, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort. The forum will feature presentations, interactive panel discussions, “poolside chats,” workshops and a networking reception, offering ...

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UH Cancer Center studies best way to reduce abdominal fat to lower cancer risk


Kevin Casse Loïc Le Marchand A new University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center study will research if specific changes in dietary habits, along with daily exercise, can reduce the amount of fat inside the abdomen to potentially decrease the risk for cancer and other diseases. “The results from the study will help physicians develop better guidelines to get individuals to maintain ...

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UH partners with FDA on food, drug, cosmetic and medical device safety

University of Hawaiʻi, state and FDA officials at the partnership signing.

To enhance the response and resolution of public health concerns like the recent Hepatitis A outbreak, the University of Hawaiʻi has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the State of Hawaiʻi’s departments of agriculture and health to help foster closer collaboration. The agreement signed by UH Vice President for Research and Innovation Vassilis L. ...

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