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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

From left are Andrew Turner, Glen Chew, BJ Fulton, Jamal Haidar, Emily First, Amy Hruska, Bill Wright, Bob Nakata, Melia Iwamoto and Amanda Lee.

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University …

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Potential new Ebola vaccine has heat-stable formulation

Axel Lehrer

A biopharmaceutical company collaborating with Hawaiʻi scientists on an Ebola vaccine announced that tests on the vaccine, still in development, have shown it is able to retain its effectiveness without refrigeration. This is especially important for many rural areas in Africa that are most at-risk for another Ebola outbreak. “What we’ve just recently shown with the work performed with Soligenix, …

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Alzheimer’s gene may show effects on brain starting in childhood

John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Linda Chang in front of a brain scan of an 8-year-old child

A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease and recovery after brain injury may show its effects on the brain and thinking skills as early as childhood, according to a study published in the July 13, 2016, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Prior studies showed that people with the epsilon(ε)4 variant of the apolipoprotein-E …

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Medicaid coverage for telehealth bill signed by Governor Ige

Governor Ige joined by Rachel Wong, Hawai‘i Department of Human Services director; Sen. Roz Baker; Virginia Pressler, Hawai‘i Department of Health director and Rep. Della Au Belatti

Governor David Ige signed a bill into law today which expands coverage in Hawaiʻi for telemedicine services. Senate Bill 2395, Relating to Telehealth, requires the state’s Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service programs cover services provided through telehealth, stating that these programs “shall not deny coverage for any service provided through telehealth that would be covered if the service were provided …

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UH Mānoa researchers to study live Zika virus

Vivek Nerurkar in his laboratory

The Hawaiʻi State Board of Agriculture approved the University of Hawaiʻi’s application to import live Zika virus so research into finding a vaccine can get under way at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The birth of two infants on Oʻahu in December 2015 to mothers infected with the Zika virus illustrated how little is understood about Zika, and sparked …

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Corals and humans share genes


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa scientists at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) have published new research showing that corals share many of the genes humans possess, especially those that can sense temperature and acidity, both of which are important to keeping both coral and humans healthy. The findings, published in the journal eLife, are the …

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UH medical school ranks high for women in faculty and leadership

Some of the women in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine class of 2019.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is a national leader among medical colleges for the number of women faculty at the school. According to the latest data from the American Association of Medical Colleges, 46 percent of faculty at JABSOM are women, placing JABSOM eighth among the 129 U.S. medical schools for its …

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Marjorie Mau first Native Hawaiian woman ranked master physician

Marjorie Mau

Marjorie Mau, a University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian health professor, has become the first Native Hawaiian woman to be recognized with the title of “master” physician by the American College of Physicians. She was welcomed into the ranks of mastership in a convocation ceremony at the American College of Physicians’ annual meeting for internal medicine May 5–7, 2016 in Washington, D.C. …

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Record number of women doctoral candidates awarded prestigious dissertation fellowships

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Six University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa doctoral candidates, in programs ranging from astronomy to social welfare have been selected to receive the esteemed Founder Region of Soroptimist International Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016–2017 academic year. This is the largest number University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa applicants that were awarded fellowships, beating out the University of California, Berkeley and other California …

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Jellyfish researcher Angel Yanagihara chosen as a Fulbright Specialist

Angel Yanagihara collecting jellyfish in Waikiki, Hawaii

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Angel Yanagihara has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Yanagihara is an assistant research professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Békésy Laboratory of Neurobiology in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center. Her expertise and innovative technologies were specifically sought in …

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