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In 2005, we opened the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the new Kaka’ako waterfront campus with a revived dedication to biomedical research. We are successfully building an exciting basic, clinical, and translational research capacity that will benefit from our special location, our multiethnic population, and our growing cadre of nationally recognized scientists. Our laboratories pursue investigations of local concerns, such as vog and jelly fish stings, and are part of the global search for deeper understanding, and better treatments, for the most common and devastating disorders including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and AIDS. We are training the next generation of researchers in our graduate programs and connecting the international efforts of scientists around the Pacific Rim as well as the globe. Our medical students, residents, and fellows benefit from having cutting-edge science in their curriculum. Our islands provide their own special resources to one of the great endeavors of humanity in this modern age – to understand the biology of human disease and develop strategies to improve human health.

Centers

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Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR)
The Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR) is a focal point for cardiovascular research in Hawaii. The CCR is committed to developing tomorrow’s research leaders and educating the community. The CCR aims to enhance the understanding of cardiovascular biology and develop new treatments for disease. Research conducted by CCR investigators includes investigating heart and blood vessel diseases, developing new therapies, and studying diseases relevant in Hawaii. The CCR also trains new investigators and clinicians, and offers educational opportunities to current high school teachers.

Contact: Ralph V. Shohet, MD |shohet@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1469

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ccrheart/


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Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research
The Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research is located in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health (DNHH) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. The Center is currently in its 12th of 15 years of continuous funding awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to support biomedical and behavioral research on Cardiometabolic Health Disparities in its priority populations of Native Hawaiians, Pacific Peoples, Filipinos and other Pacific-based Native Peoples (Alaska Natives, New Zealand Maori).The overall goals of the Center is to both FOCUS and COLLABORATE. This center aims to fully embrace the community in scientific studies and activities related to Metabolic Syndrome while at the same time collaborating with other Hawaii health disparities research groups.

Contact: Marjorie K. Mau, MD| mmau@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1075

Website: http://www2.jabsom.hawaii.edu/native/index.htm


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Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS
The Hawaii Center for Aids(HICFA) is an academic program in HIV with clinical, translational, and laboratory research studies in HIV and a clinic providing care to HIV infected patients. HICFA includes the Hawaii AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (HACTU), 2 research laboratories – Hawaii HIV Immunobiology and Vaccine Laboratory (HHIVL) and the Clint Spencer Clinic. HICFA focuses on HIV education, research and service, working together to reduce the burden of HIV infection and to find a cure for HIV.The Hawaii Center for AIDS is located at the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine. HICFA is a UH Board of Regents approved Center of Excellence for HIV research, training, and care. It includes an HIV clinical trial unit, two HIV research laboratories, and an HIV medical care clinic. HICFA conducts research in HIV treatment, management, and complications, with increased focus on HIV cure and prevention research.

Contact: Cecilia M. Shikuma, MD | shikuma@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1328

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/hacrp/index.html


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Hawaii and Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
The purpose of the Hawaii and Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is to improve the health of the underserved through collaborative regional training initiatives across Hawaii and US protectorates in the Pacific, an underserved region spanning millions of square miles of ocean with scattered and isolated island clusters. This area has some of the highest health workforce shortage ratings and greatest health and educational disparities in the US. The needs to be continually addressed include the lack of health career awareness and preparation, limited health careers training opportunities, minimal continuing education opportunities and difficulty recruiting and retaining providers. The HPB AHEC serves over 5,650 individuals per year through recruitment activities, community-based training for health professions students and providers and innovative retention activities.

Contact: Kelley Withy, MD , PhD | withy@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1060

Website: http://www.ahec.hawaii.edu


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Hyperbaric Treatment Center
Located on the campus of Kuakini Medical Center in Honolulu, the Hyperbaric Treatment Center focuses on treatments for SCUBA divers with decompression illness, and medical patients who may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. HBO is the use of 100% oxygen at a pressure higher than normal atmospheric pressure. HBO enhances healing in conjunction with the other medical care a patient may be receiving. HBO is beneficial in the treatment of poorly healing wounds, including skin ulcers and some surgical wounds. HBO is effective in enhancing the healing of irradiated tissue, including soft tissues and bone. Emergency conditions treated with HBO include: arterial gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness (bends), crush injuries, gas gangrene, and necrotizing fasciitis.

Contact: Kurk Jamison | (808) 587-3425

Website: http://blog.hawaii.edu/htchawaii


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Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence

The Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE) seeks to improve the healthcare status of the Hawaiian community through educational initiatives. This program trains academic faculty of Hawaiian descent, and develops programs designed to educate Hawaii and Hawaiians about the richness of their medical heritage.

Contact: Joseph Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, PhD | kaholoku@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1047

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/nhcoe


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Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research

The Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research is a multi-disciplinary center of excellence for research on new, emerging and re-emerging microbial threats of regional concern and global importance. This center aims to develop and deploy improved rapid diagnostics, effective low-cost treatments and affordable vaccines for tropical infectious diseases, which disproportionately affect underserved ethnic minority and geographically isolated communities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Contact: Richard Yanagihara, MD , MPH | (808) 692-1610

Website: http://pceidr.jabsom.hawaii.edu


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University of Hawaii Neuroscience and MRI Research Program
Researchers at the University of Hawaii Neuroscience and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research Program utilize a 3-Tesla MRI scanner for a variety of brain development and disorder studies.

Contact: Linda Chang, MD | LChang@hawaii.edu | (808) 545-8969

Website: http://hawaii.edu/mri/home_v6.htm






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Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR)

The major focus of the Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR) research is reproductive and developmental biology, with an emphasis on assisted reproductive techniques (ART). IBR faculty use ART as a model to understand mammalian reproduction and development, and to develop new transgenic models for biomedical research. We also use animal models of ART to investigate and improve current ART usage in fertility clinics. Our research includes a wide range of studies from basic DNA structure to post-fertilization effects of ART on human embryonic development.

Contact: W. Steven Ward, PhD | wward@hawaii.edu | (808) 956-5189

Website: http://www.ibr.hawaii.edu


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Telehealth Research Institute (TRI)

TRI is the home of SimTiki, the technology enabled learning simulation center at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. SimTiki supports excellence in simulation based education for healthcare students and professionals through teaching and operation of an academic simulation center. SimTiki promotes improvement in Teaching, Educational Research, and Training for Patient Care Best Practices. As a community resource, SimTiki serves broad training needs, ranging from High School Students through Medical Students & Residents to practicing physicians, first responders, nurses, military personnel and allied health professionals. SimTiki thrives on alliances locally, nationally, and in the Asia Pacific region. International programs are focused on faculty development and cross cultural healthcare curriculum development. TRI serves a Telehealth leadership role in the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center.

Contact: Lawrence P. Burgess, MD | lburgess@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1091

Benjamin W Berg, MD | bwberg@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1093

Website: http://www.simtiki.org/