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UH receives human research protection accreditation

The University of Hawaiʻi is now recognized as a top research institution that follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality and protections while conducting human research—and becomes the first research organization in the state to be awarded this highly regarded status. On June 14, UH was informed that it was awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human …

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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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Why some are more susceptible to environmental carcinogens

People carrying mutations of a gene called BAP1 are much more susceptible to asbestos, sunlight and other environmental carcinogens. University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers also found that cancer cells with a BAP1 gene mutation are resistant to chemotherapy—about 20 percent of all cancers have BAP1 mutations. The findings by UH Cancer Center’s Director of Thoracic Oncology Michele Carbone and …

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Hawai‘iʻs child well-being 17th in latest national rankings

Economic conditions may finally be improving, and families continue to offer a strong foundation for Hawaiʻi’s children, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book, which examines trends in child well-being during the post-recession years, found that Hawaiʻi now ranks 23 in child economic well-being, and 17 for child well-being …

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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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Stellar Mānoa undergraduate research and creative projects showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on May 5. This free event will feature 76 presentations and posters by 105 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The morning begins …

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