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Two UH-developed technologies presented at prestigious showcase


KinetiCor and Jun Innovations were the first University of Hawaiʻi spinouts (inventions developed from university research) to be invited to present at the prestigious First Look LA showcase of university technologies held on June 24, 2015 at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute. KinetiCor was represented by CEO Jeffrey Yu and Jun Innovations was represented by Luke Tucker of XLR8UH (UH’s proof of concept center/accelerator ...

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Aspirin may delay growth of asbestos-related cancer


Aspirin may inhibit the growth of mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly asbestos-related cancer, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers have found. The finding could eventually give doctors and patients a potential new tool to fight against this devastating disease, which kills about 3,200 people a year nationwide, and advance knowledge of how to fight other cancers. The study published in ...

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UH Manoa and Hawaii Biotech join forces to develop an Ebola vaccine

Dr. Alex Lehrer

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Hawaii Biotech, Inc. (HBI) have agreed to partner in the clinical development of a Filovirus vaccine. The first generation recombinant subunit vaccine is aimed at providing protection against infection by the Ebola virus. There are currently no vaccines licensed for use against Ebola Virus Disease and ...

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UH Cancer Center Excellence in Research Award

Wei Jia

Wei Jia, a professor and associate director leading the UH Cancer Center’s Shared Resources Program, won the first quarterly Excellence in Research Award in October 2014 for his team’s work on metabolic biomarkers for a particular form of leukemia. The panel of six biomarkers studied by the team has the potential to become a test that could eventually help increase a patient’s chances of survival. Their paper, “A distinct glucose ...

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UH medical students’ research recognized at national liver disease meeting

JABSOM liver researchers

University of Hawai`i medical school researchers had already sparked national news when they presented research posters last November in Boston at the national conference of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the leading organization of scientists and health-care professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease. The findings by the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) students ...

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Rare cancer found in Nevada likely caused by asbestos in nature


Southern Nevada counties that include Las Vegas show high proportionsof women and younger residents coming down with a rare and aggressive cancer more commonly found in older men occupationally exposed to asbestos, suggesting that naturally occurring mineral fibers in that region are a contributing source of the cancers, University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center researchers have found. The findings published in ...

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Cancer from asbestos caused by more than one cell mutation

Cancer Center

It has been a long-held belief that tumors arising from exposure to asbestos are caused by mutations in one cell, which then produces multiple clones. This hypothesis is challenged by new research published in the open access Journal of Translational Medicine, which suggests it is caused by mutations in multiple cells. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that ...

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Medical professor nationally recognized for work on infectious diseases

Pediatrics Professor and scientist Dr. Richard Yanagihara (pictured fifth from left) was recognized for his infectious disease research.

John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Pediatrics Professor and scientist Dr. Richard Yanagihara has received a national award for his work to expand infectious disease research capabilities at UH, and for his prominent role in helping focus attention on needed research into why people of certain cultural backgrounds suffer disproportionately worse health. The award was presented at the 2014 Minority Health and Health ...

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Long lives, short lives: Why are there stark differences among Hawai`i’s people?

JABSOM geriatric medicine

The University of Hawai`i’s multidisciplinary research into why some of Hawai`i’s residents live the longest while others struggle to get beyond their 50’s will continue under the leadership of John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges, MD and Dr. Noreen Mokuau. The $15.4 million, five-year renewal comes on the heels of a successful foundation laid in the first ...

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Bringing gender equity into research

Marla Berry, PhD

Are there gender differences in how males and females react to nutrients? University of Hawai`i at Mānoa researcher Dr. Marla Berry is working to find out, and her efforts are part of a new initiative announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin addressing persistent gender bias in laboratory research. Women are not adequately represented in many clinical ...

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