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Tiny bubbles of gene therapy may help treat hemophilia

Researchers at the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) hope that patients with hemophilia could one day be treated with gene therapy delivered by tiny bubbles. The microbubbles are made of lipid molecules that won’t dissolve in water. The bubbles are made with DNA that expresses therapeutic genes, and are then injected into the bloodstream. As …

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Global health researcher Catherine Pirkle selected as a Fulbright Specialist

Catherine Pirkle, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. She will collaborate with faculty at the College of Health Sciences of Trairí (FACISA), which is a rural satellite campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande …

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In Memoriam: UH mourns the passing of the Honorable James S. Burns

The University of Hawaiʻi expressed great sorrow at the passing of the Honorable James S. Burns. Judge Burns served as a senior advisor at the UH William S. Richardson School of Law and was a longtime supporter of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), which was named after his father, the former Gov. John Burns. Burns, a 1962 graduate of Villanova Law School, retired in 2007 …

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Hawaiʻi Dental Service grants support smiles statewide

Hawaiʻi Dental Service (HDS) is partnering with the University of Hawaiʻi to improve oral health in Hawaiʻi by providing grants totaling $211,000 to various UH programs to expand dental services and education, and gain a better understanding of how to overcome the myriad barriers to improved oral health. This investment will help to improve access to care for vulnerable populations in …

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Data on children and youth spotlighted at Center on the Family symposium

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on the Family, a unit within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, will sponsor the symposium, Data Matters: New Insights on our Children and Youth, on March 31, 8–11:45 a.m. at the Waiʻalae Country Club. The syposium will showcase and discuss new studies and data on children and youth in Hawaiʻi. …

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Growing affordable housing crisis focus of new professorship

To help address the growing crisis of affordable housing in Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiʻi Community Reinvestment Corporation (HCRC) has donated $790,000 to establish the HCRC Distinguished Professorship in Affordable Housing. This endowment supports the establishment of a professorship in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) in the College of Social Sciences …

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Health services researcher Tetine Sentell chosen as a Fulbright specialist

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Tetine Sentell has been selected as a Fulbright specialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. An associate professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Sentell will collaborate with public health faculty at the University of Medicine in Tirana, Albania. …

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UH medical school faculty opens new surgery clinic

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Surgery faculty members have opened a new clinic and are taking new patients and referrals. The clinic is located at The Queen’s Medical Center, Physician Office Building II, suite 207. The clinic provides care for patients in the preoperative, operative and postoperative period for a wide …

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Marijuana compounds show promise in treatment of cardiac disease

A Nevada company is hoping to develop new medicines for heart failure using compounds in marijuana and a novel therapy identified by a University of Hawaiʻi researcher. Alexander Stokes, assistant research professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, obtained a U.S. patent for his novel therapy in 2015. The patent …

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Updated HPV vaccine recommendations endorsed by nation’s cancer centers and health organizations

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for the human papilloma virus (HPV), the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, John A. Burns School of Medicine and Hawaiʻi Department of Health have united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a joint statement in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for …

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