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Updated HPV vaccine recommendations endorsed by nation’s cancer centers and health organizations

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for the human papilloma virus (HPV), the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, John A. Burns School of Medicine and Hawaiʻi Department of Health have united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a joint statement in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for …

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UH Mānoa professor named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

Marketing professor Stephen L. Vargo of the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business has once again been named to Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2016. This is Vargo’s third consecutive year to be selected as a top cited researcher in the field of marketing. Vargo’s research has nearly 30,000 citations, according to Google Scholar—approximately 8,000, according to the …

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UH Cancer Center reaches major milestones and welcomes new director

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center welcomed its new director, Dr. Randall Holcombe on Monday, November 7. The center also celebrated its 45th anniversary, and the 20th anniversary of its National Cancer Institute designation with a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Day proclamation presented by Gov. David Ige. “The cancer center is really a unique Hawaiʻi institution. It’s different than other cancer centers across …

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UH Cancer Center researcher awarded $4.5 million to study breast and other cancers

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Assistant Professor Lana Garmire was awarded two new National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaling $4.5 million to use Big Data to study preeclampsia, breast cancer and acute leukemia. “Hawaiʻi is a fertile ground to do big data research. The state has a diversified population for genomics research, and state of the art high performance computing facilities for …

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New cancer treatment strategy discovered for acute myeloid leukemia

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers discovered a novel therapeutic target and treatment strategy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that normally requires prompt and aggressive treatment. “New therapeutic targets and drugs are urgently needed to improve AML patient outcomes,” said Wei Jia, researcher in the UH Cancer Center’s Cancer epidemiology program. “We found an increased use of fructose in AML patients. …

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Smokers with newly discovered genetic markers have higher lung cancer risk

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers discovered new genetic markers associated with a fast rate of nicotine metabolism, which potentially leads smokers to smoke more, thereby, increasing their risk for lung cancer. Loïc Le Marchand, a professor and leading epidemiologist in the UH Cancer Center’s Epidemiology Program, and his colleagues, identified differences in the CYP2A6 gene that are associated with a …

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Cancer treatment algorithm developed by UH Cancer Center

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers developed a computational algorithm to analyze “big data” obtained from tumor samples to better understand and treat cancer. “A growing problem in cancer research is figuring out how to analyze the many kinds of big genomic data for different cancers,” said Gordon Okimoto, co-director of Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource at the UH Cancer Center. “The overwhelming quantity …

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Dr. Randall F. Holcombe approved as next UH Cancer Center director

At a meeting on June 2 on Oʻahu, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents approved Dr. Randall F. Holcombe as UH Cancer Center director. A formal offer has been made to Holcombe. Holcombe has more than 25 years in academic medicine, serving in progressive leadership roles. He currently serves as the chief medical officer for cancer for the Mount Sinai Health System, deputy …

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UH Mānoa partners in National Microbiome Initiative

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. This initiative represents a combined federal agency investment of more …

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Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research awarded

The 2016 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research was awarded to Brian W. Bowen, Loïc Le Marchand and Kristin Pauker. The research medal is awarded by the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. Regents’ medal honorees Brian W. Bowen Research professor, …

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