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Three UH spinouts present at prestigious LA technology showcase

University of Hawaiʻi spinouts Adnoviv, LLC; Radial3D and SNR Analytics, Inc. (SNRAI) were invited to present at the prestigious First Look LA showcase of university technologies held on June 28, 2017 at California State University, Los Angeles. Presentations were made to an invitation-only audience of over 200 investors, entrepreneurs, and faculty and staff from the participating universities. The University Hawaiʻi spinouts were invited to participate in the showcase by the UH Office …

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UH Cancer Center researcher receives Fulbright Award

Gertraud Maskarinec, researcher in the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology Program received a $20,000 Fulbright Award, to enable her to research the relation of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer in Caucasian and Asian women. The research will address the global health problems of obesity, diabetes and breast cancer. As a nutritional epidemiologist, Maskarinec will perform comparative research using new statistical methods …

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Why some are more susceptible to environmental carcinogens

People carrying mutations of a gene called BAP1 are much more susceptible to asbestos, sunlight and other environmental carcinogens. University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers also found that cancer cells with a BAP1 gene mutation are resistant to chemotherapy—about 20 percent of all cancers have BAP1 mutations. The findings by UH Cancer Center’s Director of Thoracic Oncology Michele Carbone and …

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Cancer treatment potential of ironweed plant

How natural compounds in ironweed plant extract can be used to treat breast and brain cancers is the focus of a five-year $3 million National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant awarded to a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researcher. “It would be life changing for cancer patients if ironweed extract could help fight aggressive types of breast and brain cancers. Since the compounds are found …

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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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