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Novel MRI technique being researched to detect HIV dementia

An MRI image of the brain before (A) and after (B) novel MRI dye infused. Magnified image (C) after the MRI dye is infused demonstrates accumulation of the MRI dye along the vessel wall in the brain (arrow). It is hypothesized that this may represent inflammation from the cells involved in cognitive impairment in HIV-infected patients.

Neurologist Beau Nakamoto, associate professor of medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, received a two-year, $421,313 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (National Institutes of Health) to examine whether a new magnetic resonant imaging (MRI) contrast dye can be used to detect the inflammation that is believed to signal decline in memory and thinking. ...

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Remembering the lasting legacy for Native Hawaiian Health left by Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell

Richard Kekuni Blaisdell surrounded by his daughter Nalani Blaisdell and greeted by Kalani Brady, in the John A. Burn School of Medicine’s Native Hawaiian Healing Garden.

Richard Kekuni Blaisdell, founding chair of the Department of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi, died of respiratory failure on February 12 at The Queen’s Medical Center. Surrounded by immediate family, Blaisdell passed with peace and dignity. He was 90 years old. “Dr. Blaisdell is considered a treasure to every class that has ever graduated from our ...

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Medical school’s OB-GYN faculty create endowment with $500,000 gift

From left, Thomas Kosasa, UH Foundation president and CEO Donna Vuchinich, University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi CFO Chip Ellis, Santosh Sharma; John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges and OB-GYN department chair Ivica Zalud.

Faculty of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health (OB-GYN) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) are involved in nearly a third of the births in Hawaiʻi each year. Many of these physicians practice medicine through the University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi, which is JABSOM’s faculty practice plan. JABSOM University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi faculty made ...

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Native Hawaiian health programs receive $3M Queen’s Health Systems investment

Third-year medical student Nash Witten, right, shown enjoying his neighbor island clerkship training, supported by The Queen’s Health Systems. Also pictured at Waikoloa Medical Arts, from left, Linda Robertson, Stewart Lawrence and Chris Tom.

The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS) is investing nearly $3 million dollars over the next five years for education and community programs to improve the health of Native Hawaiians. The $2.8 million recently pledged brings the total QHS investment in the University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian Health programs to $10 million since 2002. QHS support has allowed the John A. Burns ...

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Y gene not necessary for assisted reproduction of mice

Three males lacking any Y chromosome genes produced by ROSI. The males shown on the left and right are 2 years and 1 month old, and the male in the center is 1 year and 10 months old. Photo credit: Yasuhiro Yamauchi.

The Y chromosome is a symbol of maleness, present only in males and encoding genes important for male reproduction. But a new study has shown that live mouse progeny can be generated with assisted reproduction using germ cells from males which do not have any Y chromosome genes. This discovery adds a new light to discussions on Y chromosome gene ...

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New clinics open at Kakaʻako for multidisciplinary medical care and research


The University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako, located at an ʻewa/makai section on the campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, is the first multi-purpose combined research and medical care clinic to open on a UH campus. “The most important goal of our health research is to fight the diseases that ...

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Cellular pathway that may re-energize immune cells to eliminate HIV discovered

Lead author Glen Chew presents the findings of the study in Vancouver.

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) have revealed a novel new immune pathway that can be targeted to increase the immune system’s ability to eliminate HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS. The research team led by Lishomwa Ndhlovu at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS, and Jonah ...

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Genetics discovery sheds new light on function of Y chromosome gene

Monika Ward in her lab

Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi have uncovered substantial new knowledge about the function of the Y chromosome gene. The researchers, including Monika Ward, her two post-doctoral fellows Yasuhiro Yamauchi and Jonathan Riel and PhD student Victor Ruthig, all from of the Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR), have discovered that only three genes from the Y chromosome are needed for male ...

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Renowned child psychiatrist John McDermott remembered


University of Hawaiʻi Emeritus Professor John F. “Jack” McDermott, a leading international figure in child psychiatry, died on December 6, 2015, just six days before his 86th birthday. McDermott was founding chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. He expanded the understanding of social and cultural influences on child and ...

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New initiative to make Hawaiʻi the first HIV-free state in the U.S.


The UH Hawaii Center for AIDS presents the Hawaiʻi to Zero (H20) Cure Initiative. The H20 Cure Initiative proposes to transform Hawaiʻi into the first HIV-free state in the United States. The timing of the Hawaiʻi to Zero Cure Initiative comes on the heels of scientific evidence that a patient from Berlin, Timothy Ray Brown, was cured of HIV in ...

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