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Hawaiʻi Neuroscience Research Summer Internship underscores the importance of teamwork
Pictured: Interns, faculty, mentors, poster judges and keynote speakers at the graduation for the 2018 summer internship.
By Deborah Manog Dimaya, UH Med Now
The Hawaiʻi Neuroscience Research Summer Internship Program creates an extraordinary learning opportunity for some of Hawaiʻi’s brightest young minds. Not only do the kamaʻāina interns get to work alongside some of the state’s top researchers at the Hawaiʻi Pacific Neuroscience (HPN) Clinical Research Center, but they also team up in small groups to work on capstone research projects.
What’s especially unique about this program is that the interns range from undergraduate and graduate college students, medical students, residents and exceptional high school students.
This synergy between the neuroscientists and the interns, Dwayne Manzanillo says, was a novel concept for him, but one he prefers.
During the eight weeks, the interns were also exposed to clinical work and spent time with patients face-to-face.
Dr. Kore Kai Liow, HPN Director and Principal Investigator, says that the program’s goal is for the students to discover the potential in neuroscience and “what a great difference it can make for somebody with Alzheimer’s, with Parkinson’s, or with stroke or with seizures.” He adds, “and show them what research can do to help the lives of patients with neurological disorders.”
(One of the projects the students worked on is currently recruiting family members of those with Alzheimer’s Disease to see if they qualify for a potential Alzheimer’s Prevention Study. For more information call 808-564-6141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
This year’s 27 interns are currently studying at educational institutions across the nation, including the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) at Mānoa, the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, John Hopkins University and UC Berkeley.
2018 Summer Internship Program Graduation
The 2018 Hawaiʻi Neuroscience Research Poster of the Year went to “Hypertension as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Bivariate Logistic Regression of Patient Demographics in Hawaiʻi,” presented by Tamara Ohta, Geetika Patwardhan, Daniel Omura, Sheaffer Rafto, Raelynn Chu and Ann-Janin Bacani. Their research was based on their work at the Memory Disorders Center.
Meanwhile, the study “Presentation of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures in Hawaii’s Ethnoculturally Diverse Patients” has been accepted for national presentation at the 2018 American Epilepsy Soc
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