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UH Cancer Center reaches major milestones and welcomes new director

Gov. David Ige presents University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Day proclamation.

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

Lana Garmire

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

Wei Jia

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

Credit: Raul Lieberwirth (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lanier67/237055775)

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

Gordon Okimoto

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

UH Cancer Center building

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

President Barack Obama at the National Institute of Health. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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

From left, Brian W. Bowen, Loïc Le Marchand and Kristin Pauker

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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[VIDEO] Clinical trial participants honored at UH Cancer Center H.E.R.O.

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The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office (CTO) honored nearly 100 clinical trial participants during its First Annual H.E.R.O. (Helping Enhance Research in Oncology) event on Saturday, April 16, at the Hawaiʻi Prince Hotel. “It cannot be overstated how important our clinical trial participants are in the advancement of cancer research,” said Mendy Dunn, CTO clinical manager. “Our medical heroes are …

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Joe Ramos appointed UH Cancer Center interim associate director


Joe W. Ramos has been appointed interim associate director of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center as former Interim Associate Director Patricia Blanchette transitions out of her current position to continue with the John A. Burns School of Medicine as interim associate dean for medical education and academic affairs. In that role she will focus on the coordination of an …

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