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Faculty, staff and students give nearly $1 million to the School of Medicine

Fund drive co-chair Larry Burgess, left, with John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges at the popcorn celebration.

Faculty, staff and students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have collected nearly a million dollars for the school by reaching into their own pockets. JABSOM’s annual internal giving campaign raised $948,576 in donations and pledges—almost three times the goal of the 2015 drive. Participation numbers were just as impressive, with ...

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UH researchers address military risk factors associated with cancer with $3M grants

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University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center and John A. Burns School of Medicine researchers were awarded three out of only 45 United States Department of Defense grants for cancer research and career development. “The UH Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated center in Hawaiʻi or the Pacific and access to these critical funds will help them continue the groundbreaking work the ...

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The economic value of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and University of Hawaii Cancer Center

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa supports one of the leading medical education institutions and cancer centers in the United States. The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, collectively, generated $510.6 million in total added income to Oʻahu’s economy in fiscal year 2015 as highlighted in the economic impact analysis conducted by ...

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UH Mānoa schools and colleges recognized in graduate education ranking

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Five schools and colleges at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have been ranked by U.S. News and World Reportin its just-released 2017 Best Graduate Schools lists. The recognized educational units are the Shidler College of Business, College of Education, William S. Richardson School of Law, the School of Nursing and Dental Hygieneand the Myron B. Thompson School of Social ...

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Helping Hawaiʻi prepare for coastal hazards aim of NOAA grant

Shoreline erosion, North Shore of Oʻahu

To help Hawaiʻi communities reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, NOAA’s National Ocean Service awarded the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) $845,160 in grant funding through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Hawaiʻi is particularly vulnerable to coastal hazards. Since the state is heavily reliant on tourism, and most of the development and infrastructure in Hawaiʻi are ...

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Disaster preparedness the focus of Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana conference

Infrared images from NOAA’s GOFS and IMA’s MTSAT geostationary satellites. For each of the 15 tropical cyclones this season, a daily image was extracted from the period when the cyclone was active in the Central North Pacific basin.

On Wednesday, March 16, the University of Hawaiʻi, a member of the Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana (PRiMO), will be co-hosting a free community event on disaster preparedness at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center from 3:30 to 7 p.m. In addition to expert speakers on topics related to insurance, climate adaptation and making cities more resilient, there will be many displays, demonstrations and activities for ...

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Novel MRI technique being researched to detect HIV dementia

An MRI image of the brain before (A) and after (B) novel MRI dye infused. Magnified image (C) after the MRI dye is infused demonstrates accumulation of the MRI dye along the vessel wall in the brain (arrow). It is hypothesized that this may represent inflammation from the cells involved in cognitive impairment in HIV-infected patients.

Neurologist Beau Nakamoto, associate professor of medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, received a two-year, $421,313 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (National Institutes of Health) to examine whether a new magnetic resonant imaging (MRI) contrast dye can be used to detect the inflammation that is believed to signal decline in memory and thinking. ...

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Remembering the lasting legacy for Native Hawaiian Health left by Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell

Richard Kekuni Blaisdell surrounded by his daughter Nalani Blaisdell and greeted by Kalani Brady, in the John A. Burn School of Medicine’s Native Hawaiian Healing Garden.

Richard Kekuni Blaisdell, founding chair of the Department of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi, died of respiratory failure on February 12 at The Queen’s Medical Center. Surrounded by immediate family, Blaisdell passed with peace and dignity. He was 90 years old. “Dr. Blaisdell is considered a treasure to every class that has ever graduated from our ...

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Three Mānoa faculty members make World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds list

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Three faculty members at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have been named to Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and Highly Cited Researcher lists in 2015—Stephen L. Vargo, Shidler College Distinguished Professor of Marketing at the Shidler College of Business; Loïc Le Marchand, a professor at the UH Cancer Center and Laurence N. Kolonel, emeritus professor in the ...

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Medical school’s OB-GYN faculty create endowment with $500,000 gift

From left, Thomas Kosasa, UH Foundation president and CEO Donna Vuchinich, University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi CFO Chip Ellis, Santosh Sharma; John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges and OB-GYN department chair Ivica Zalud.

Faculty of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health (OB-GYN) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) are involved in nearly a third of the births in Hawaiʻi each year. Many of these physicians practice medicine through the University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi, which is JABSOM’s faculty practice plan. JABSOM University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi faculty made ...

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