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UH Cancer Center postdoctoral fellow receives Italian Scientists Award

Angela Bononi

Angela Bononi, a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center thoracic oncology postdoctoral fellow, was one of five recipients of the prestigious 2017 Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Awards presented at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. “There are no words, neither in English nor in Italian, to express how much winning this ISSNAF award means to me,” she said. Bononi received the Hoan …

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Technology showcase highlights UH researchers

Wei-Kung Wang of JABSOM presents his development

Potential game-changing research from three University of Hawaiʻi professors were highlighted at the UH Tech Showcase held on October 18 at the Bankers’ Club at First Hawaiian Center. Presentations from the fields of oceanography, tropical medicine and tropical agriculture were made to an invitation-only audience of more than 30 local investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders. “These are three examples of the world-class research being continuously …

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Marjorie Mau honored with Creighton University alumni award

Marjorie Mau receives award

Marjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau with the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) was awarded the Creighton University Alumni Merit Award during homecoming festivities on September 15. Mau, one of only three women to receive the alumni merit award in the school’s history, was also asked to deliver a keynote lecture on Public Participation in Research to Address Health Disparities. Mau is professor …

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Nearly $6.3M grant to expand promising Ebola vaccine research awarded to UH researcher

Axel Lehrer

University of Hawaiʻi vaccine researcher Axel Lehrer, has received a $6.35 million grant to test whether the Ebola vaccine formula he has developed will protect against two additional viruses in the same family. The Ebola vaccine that UH has created is “heat stable,” which means it does not need refrigeration, and could be easily transported and stored in the hottest climates on Earth, like Africa, …

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Preventing Zika from harming unborn children

Mukesh Kumar

With a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, infectious disease scientist Mukesh Kumar, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), will investigate the Zika virus in pregnant women. His goal is to develop strategies to prevent transmission of the disease to the fetus. “We want to understand how the Zika virus is transmitted to the fetus, how the virus …

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UH researchers among the world’s top experts on selenium

Marla Berry and Peter Hoffman

The Journal of Biological Chemistry selected a scientific article on the unique family of proteins containing selenium by Marla Berry and Peter Hoffmann as among the research highlights of the year in the biomedical sciences. Berry and Hoffmann are University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine professors. Selenium is an antioxidant nutrient that can protect humans from metabolic, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as many …

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Alzheimer’s Disease clinical trial begins at UH medical school

Beau Nakamoto

A clinical trial on a drug that researchers hope will reduce inflammation in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease will begin at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The JABSOM trial involves an investigational therapy, NP001, developed by Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing innovative therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. This study aims to assess whether a single dose …

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Naleen Andrade honored for advancing diversity in mental health

Naleen Andrade, MD

Naleen Naupaka Andrade, professor and director of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM) National Center on Indigenous Hawaiian Behavioral Health, has been honored with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) 2017 Jeanne Spurlock Lecture and Award on Diversity and Culture. This distinguished award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the understanding of …

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ARCS Honolulu Scientist of the Year speaks on hantaviruses

ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter has named John A. Burns School of Medicine Professor Richard Yanagihara its 2017 ARCS Scientist of the Year. The Scientist of the Year award recognizes a University of Hawaiʻi researcher whose advancement of knowledge in a STEM field and mentorship of new scientists mirrors the ARCS Foundation mission of advancing science in America. Yanagihara, an expert in emerging diseases, will discuss Hantaviruses: A Personal Journey of Discovery and …

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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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