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

Hawaiʻi’s top doctor hails from UH med school

Ivica Zalud, has been named 2017 Physician of the Year by the Hawaiʻi Medical Association (HMA). Zalud is the chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine. Zalud will receive the honor on October 7 at the 2017 Ola Pono Ike banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Under Zalud’s leadership, several members of the department have invested their own …

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UH expands vaccine research through NIH grant to minority students

The University of Hawaiʻi is expanding its studies of a proposed vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus. A new grant of nearly $112,000 awarded to Liana Medina, a PhD candidate working with Assistant Professor Axel Lehrer at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) makes the additional work possible. Lehrer’s promising vaccine candidate has already been proven effective in animal clinical studies. Under the grant from the National Institutes …

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Diabetes center established at JABSOM with $11.2 million federal grant

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded a major federal grant to establish a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence on Diabetes. The $11.2 federal grant, which may be renewed for two additional five-year cycles after its initial five-year period, will intensify Hawaiʻi-based research into a disease that currently affects 155,000 adults and children—1 in 9 individuals in Hawaiʻi. Additionally, Hawaiʻi has 460,000 with pre-diabetes, a condition …

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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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Potential anti-aging Cardax Astaxanthin compound selected for NIH research

The proprietary Cardax astaxanthin compound CDX-085 developed by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and Hawaiʻi-based life sciences company Cardax, Inc. was selected by the National Institute on Aging for its anti-aging Interventions Testing Program (ITP). The institute is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Getting into the Interventions Testing Program …

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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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