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Cellular pathway that may re-energize immune cells to eliminate HIV discovered

Lead author Glen Chew presents the findings of the study in Vancouver.

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) have revealed a novel new immune pathway that can be targeted to increase the immune system’s ability to eliminate HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS. The research team led by Lishomwa Ndhlovu at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS, and Jonah ...

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What children eat when they’re on their own

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In collaboration with a multi-state team of researchers, Jinan Banna, assistant professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), has published a paper in the journal Nutrients assessing the influence of parenting practices on eating behaviors of early adolescents during independent eating occasions and the implications for obesity prevention. Early adolescents consume foods and beverages during eating occasions that occur ...

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UH Cancer Center evaluates noni

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Researchers evaluate if noni has properties that can help fight cancer in early-stage prostate cancer patients in a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center study. “There has been such strong belief through generations of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders that the noni fruit possesses healing properties. Past laboratory research found anti-cancer properties in noni extract,” said Jeffrey Huang, principal investigator and ...

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Genetics discovery sheds new light on function of Y chromosome gene

Monika Ward in her lab

Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi have uncovered substantial new knowledge about the function of the Y chromosome gene. The researchers, including Monika Ward, her two post-doctoral fellows Yasuhiro Yamauchi and Jonathan Riel and PhD student Victor Ruthig, all from of the Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR), have discovered that only three genes from the Y chromosome are needed for male ...

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Researchers find four unrelated families share identical mutation of BAP1 gene

An example of the migration pattern of one of the lineages

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers have discovered members of four families, apparently unrelated and living in different states across the U.S., shared the identical mutation of a gene called BAP1 that causes mesothelioma, melanoma, renal carcinoma and other cancers. This raised two possibilities for the researchers—these four families were related although they did not know it, or researchers had ...

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UH Cancer Center receives $45,000 gift from CoolingCancer.org

Celebrating CoolingCancer’s donation, from left, Jerris Hedges, Drew Santos, Shirley Santos, Charlie Young, Pat Blanchette, Marcus Tius and James Turkson.

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center celebrated CoolingCancer.org’s $45,000 gift raised with proceeds from a golf tournament that took place over the Labor Day weekend. “Over the last three years, this energetic, determined group has donated a total of $100,000 to support cancer research at the UH Cancer Center,” said Jerris Hedges, interim UH Cancer Center director. “Their support is ...

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Renowned child psychiatrist John McDermott remembered

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University of Hawaiʻi Emeritus Professor John F. “Jack” McDermott, a leading international figure in child psychiatry, died on December 6, 2015, just six days before his 86th birthday. McDermott was founding chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. He expanded the understanding of social and cultural influences on child and ...

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New initiative to make Hawaiʻi the first HIV-free state in the U.S.

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The UH Hawaii Center for AIDS presents the Hawaiʻi to Zero (H20) Cure Initiative. The H20 Cure Initiative proposes to transform Hawaiʻi into the first HIV-free state in the United States. The timing of the Hawaiʻi to Zero Cure Initiative comes on the heels of scientific evidence that a patient from Berlin, Timothy Ray Brown, was cured of HIV in ...

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UH Clinics at Kaka’ako: UH opens first on-campus clinical research space

The UH Clinics at Kakaʻako Reception Area.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine will dedicate the first on-campus clinical research space, the University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako, on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. with a blessing and the untying of a kukui leaf lei (kukui because it is a Native Hawaiian healing plant), followed by an Open House. The University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako ...

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Andrew and Mary Weinberg Foundation supports cancer immunotherapy research at UH Cancer Center

From left: John A. Burns School of Medicine dean and UH Cancer Center interim director Jerris Hedges, Andrew Weinberg, UH Cancer Center interim associate director Patricia Blanchette and UH Cancer Center professor Joe Ramos.

The Andrew and Mary Weinberg Foundation has donated $150,000 to establish the Andrew and Mary Weinberg Cancer Immunotherapy Fund at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center. This fund will support research-related activities in cancer immunotherapy including the recruitment of a lead researcher in cancer immunotherapy, research supplies and equipment, expenditures related to meetings and conferences, travel expenses for speakers and ...

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