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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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Native Hawaiian health programs receive $3M Queen’s Health Systems investment

Third-year medical student Nash Witten, right, shown enjoying his neighbor island clerkship training, supported by The Queen’s Health Systems. Also pictured at Waikoloa Medical Arts, from left, Linda Robertson, Stewart Lawrence and Chris Tom.

The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS) is investing nearly $3 million dollars over the next five years for education and community programs to improve the health of Native Hawaiians. The $2.8 million recently pledged brings the total QHS investment in the University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian Health programs to $10 million since 2002. QHS support has allowed the John A. Burns ...

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Y gene not necessary for assisted reproduction of mice

Three males lacking any Y chromosome genes produced by ROSI. The males shown on the left and right are 2 years and 1 month old, and the male in the center is 1 year and 10 months old. Photo credit: Yasuhiro Yamauchi.

The Y chromosome is a symbol of maleness, present only in males and encoding genes important for male reproduction. But a new study has shown that live mouse progeny can be generated with assisted reproduction using germ cells from males which do not have any Y chromosome genes. This discovery adds a new light to discussions on Y chromosome gene ...

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Long-term impacts of repetitive head trauma focus of conference


The University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine Pathology Residency Program joins with the Gary O. Galiher Foundation and the Hawaiʻi Concussion Awareness Management Program to host a two-day conference, January 28 and 29, on a topic of growing concern—the long-term impacts of brain damage and repetitive head trauma. Evidence is mounting that repeated blows to the head ...

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Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking cigarettes


Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking tobacco cigarettes, a new study by University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers has found. Adolescents who have never smoked cigarettes, but are using e-cigarettes, are more likely to become cigarette smokers one year later. “Teenage use of electronic cigarettes is an emerging public health issue. There is still a significant ...

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Gastrointestinal cancer researcher receives $100,000 pilot study grant


The Masami Horio Memorial Fund has awarded $100,000 to Scott Kuwada, a professor in the Clinical and Translational Research Program at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center for his gastrointestinal cancer pilot study. Said Kuwada, “Being awarded the Masami Horio grant to study gastric cancer is special for me, since I too share a personal family connection to gastric cancer ...

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