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Tag Archives: John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)

UH neurologists win top regional awards from American Heart Association

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine Associate Professors Kazuma Nakagawa and Matthew Koenig received awards from the American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate. Koenig won the Quality and Systems Improvement Award, and Nakagawa was named Physician Volunteer of the Year. Both were selected from volunteers across a 10-state region for their outstanding work. Matthew Koenig: …

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Psychiatry professor honored as outstanding community mental health leader

A University of Hawaiʻi psychiatrist who helped form a statewide suicide prevention network was honored as an Outstanding Community Mental Health Leader by Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi. Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda, assistant professor of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, “built thriving partnerships on each island that continue today as she leads the Prevent Suicide Hawaiʻi Task …

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UH plays significant role in the battle against rat lungworm

As of late April 2017, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health had confirmed 13 cases of rat lungworm disease since the start of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the parasitic worm (Angiostrgonylus cantonensis) can invade the central nervous system and cause a rare form of meningitis. The University of Hawaiʻi is addressing rat lungworm in …

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UH scientists scrutinize first aid for man o’ war stings

In recent decades, trusted first aid resources have recommended stings from man o’ war (Physalia species) be treated differently from other jellies. But when researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa dug into the scientific literature, they found scant evidence to support such individualized first aid. Adding to a recent push for evidence-based sting treatments, members of the Pacific …

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Student Natalie Kamada awarded childhood cancer research grant

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is one of only 21 universities this year awarded a St. Baldrick’s Foundation summer research grant to fight childhood cancer. This month, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced it is providing $105,000—in grants of $5,000 each—to support summer research fellowships. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Natalie Kamada, who is in the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program, will spend the …

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Public presentations at biomedical/health disparities symposium

The Annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium will be held April 20 and 21 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The symposium allows health sciences students, MD residents and faculty from colleges throughout Hawaiʻi to display their latest research. The 2017 symposium has attracted a record 169 recipients. They will compete …

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Promising anti-aging gene therapy developed through innovative partnership

Promising anti-aging results have been shown by a study of the compound Astaxanthin by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine in partnership with the life sciences company Cardax Inc. The Astaxanthin compound CDX-085, developed by Cardax, showed the ability to significantly increase the expression of the FOXO3 gene, which plays a proven role in …

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UH researchers: Common recommendations can worsen jellyfish stings

Being stung by a jellyfish is one of the fastest ways to ruin a fun day at the beach. But what you do after you’re stung has the potential to make you feel much better or make matters a lot worse. Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa investigated whether commonly recommended first aid actions such as rinsing with seawater or …

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UH graduate education ranked among best by U.S. News

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, John A. Burns School of Medicine, William S. Richardson School of Law and College of Education have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its just-released 2018 Best Graduate Schools list. The 2018 edition of the rankings evaluates graduate schools on a variety of factors, including acceptance rates, standardized test scores and grade-point averages of …

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Tiny bubbles of gene therapy may help treat hemophilia

Researchers at the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) hope that patients with hemophilia could one day be treated with gene therapy delivered by tiny bubbles. The microbubbles are made of lipid molecules that won’t dissolve in water. The bubbles are made with DNA that expresses therapeutic genes, and are then injected into the bloodstream. As …

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