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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 »

UH Cancer Center researcher wins Weinman Innovator Award

Cancer Center

New test could mean earlier detection of one of the most prevalent cancers in U.S. A researcher at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center developing a new test for bladder cancer has won the fifth annual Weinman Innovator Award for Translational Research, an honor that carries a $50,000 prize and recognizes leading edge cancer research with the potential to move ... Read More »

Researcher working to end keiki kidney disease wins March of Dimes award

Dr. Benjamin Fogelgren

Medical research at UH Mānoa aimed at preventing kidney disease in children is being recognized with a prestigious grant by the March of Dimes. The Basil O’Connor Starter Scholarship Research Award, presented to John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) researcher Ben Fogelgren, is worth $150,000 over the next two years. This is the first time a Hawai`i investigator has ... Read More »

JABSOM Dean discusses role of research in Hawaii’s economy

Jerris Hedges and Mazie Hirono

Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, met with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono in Washington, DC on March 26, 2014. The Dean and the Senator discussed funding for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), a network of 18 research institutions which includes the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. The John A. Burns School of Medicine ... Read More »

Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium

Biomedical Science Symposium at JABSOM

The Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held at Kaka`ako in early April drew award-winning research from students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), MDs and Fellows in the JABSOM Residency Programs, the JABSOM Graduate Sciences Programs, and entries from the UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye School ... Read More »

Foundation honors UH Cancer Center Director’s Mesothelioma research

Michele Carbone accepts award

University of Hawai’i Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2014 Pioneer Award, a national honor bestowed by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The Foundation awarded Dr. Carbone the recognition for his extensive contributions to the field of mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of ... Read More »

Medical school moves up in Research rankings

JABSOM Clerkship Training

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa has moved up in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report lists of “Best U.S. Medical Schools” in both Primary Care and Research. JABSOM’s Primary Care program is ranked 57, jumping up nine places from 2013’s rankings. Research earns the 78th spot, up four places*. ... Read More »

[VIDEO] The science of the sting

Jellyfish researcher

Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai`i Mānoa, and William Gillan, educator at Boynton Beach High School, have produced an interesting and educational video, The Science of the Sting, featuring Yanagihara’s research program on the box jelly and a discussion of her experience as a research scientist. Developed with funding from ... Read More »

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