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UH issues Cancer Center business plan update

UH Cancer Center building

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s proposed business plan update has been posted to the Board of Regents website. Download the full report (PDF) The 2016 business plan provides an updated summary of the university’s objectives for the center and a two phase solution based approach to align the center’s education, research and improved patient care mission as Hawaiʻi’s only ...

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New clinics open at Kakaʻako for multidisciplinary medical care and research


The University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako, located at an ʻewa/makai section on the campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, is the first multi-purpose combined research and medical care clinic to open on a UH campus. “The most important goal of our health research is to fight the diseases that ...

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[VIDEO] New experiments determine effective treatments for box jelly stings

Angel Yanagihara collecting jellyfish in Waikiki, Hawaii

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings—from folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies developed for the military. The power of this new array approach, published this week in the journal Toxins, is in its ability to rigorously assess the ...

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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

Fresh foods_CTAHR

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

Credit: Healing Noni

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


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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