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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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Public presentations at biomedical/health disparities symposium

The Annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium will be held April 20 and 21 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The symposium allows health sciences students, MD residents and faculty from colleges throughout Hawaiʻi to display their latest research. The 2017 symposium has attracted a record 169 recipients. They will compete …

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Elizabeth Aparicio elected to national social work board

Elizabeth Aparicio, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, was elected to the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) board of directors as its first designated early career member (at large). SSWR is the preeminent social work research organization in the United States and Aparicio is the first scholar to represent the university as …

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Cancer treatment potential of ironweed plant

How natural compounds in ironweed plant extract can be used to treat breast and brain cancers is the focus of a five-year $3 million National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant awarded to a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researcher. “It would be life changing for cancer patients if ironweed extract could help fight aggressive types of breast and brain cancers. Since the compounds are found …

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Promising anti-aging gene therapy developed through innovative partnership

Promising anti-aging results have been shown by a study of the compound Astaxanthin by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine in partnership with the life sciences company Cardax Inc. The Astaxanthin compound CDX-085, developed by Cardax, showed the ability to significantly increase the expression of the FOXO3 gene, which plays a proven role in …

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UH researchers: Common recommendations can worsen jellyfish stings

Being stung by a jellyfish is one of the fastest ways to ruin a fun day at the beach. But what you do after you’re stung has the potential to make you feel much better or make matters a lot worse. Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa investigated whether commonly recommended first aid actions such as rinsing with seawater or …

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UH graduate education ranked among best by U.S. News

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, John A. Burns School of Medicine, William S. Richardson School of Law and College of Education have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its just-released 2018 Best Graduate Schools list. The 2018 edition of the rankings evaluates graduate schools on a variety of factors, including acceptance rates, standardized test scores and grade-point averages of …

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Tiny bubbles of gene therapy may help treat hemophilia

Researchers at the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) hope that patients with hemophilia could one day be treated with gene therapy delivered by tiny bubbles. The microbubbles are made of lipid molecules that won’t dissolve in water. The bubbles are made with DNA that expresses therapeutic genes, and are then injected into the bloodstream. As …

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Global health researcher Catherine Pirkle selected as a Fulbright Specialist

Catherine Pirkle, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. She will collaborate with faculty at the College of Health Sciences of Trairí (FACISA), which is a rural satellite campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande …

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In Memoriam: UH mourns the passing of the Honorable James S. Burns

The University of Hawaiʻi expressed great sorrow at the passing of the Honorable James S. Burns. Judge Burns served as a senior advisor at the UH William S. Richardson School of Law and was a longtime supporter of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), which was named after his father, the former Gov. John Burns. Burns, a 1962 graduate of Villanova Law School, retired in 2007 …

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