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International Translational Medicine Conference launched with high hopes for continued collaboration
Pictured: Attendees of the 1st International Conference of Translational Medicine at JABSOM. Deborah Manog Dimaya photo.
By UH Med Now
Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of JABSOM, also applauded the efforts of conference organizer Dr. Youping Deng, Professor of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM). Both the Dean and Dr. Deng expressed their gratitude to the Hawai’i State government and the University for support in hosting the conference.
The conference was divided into six sessions where researchers presented findings covering a broad range of areas such as translational oncology, stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, reproduction, health, bone joint disease and therapy, artificial intelligence application in biomedicine, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease, new drug development, and medicine and health.
The distinguished clinicians and translational presenters were from United States, Mexico, China, and Korea. Among the speakers from Hawaiʻi, Dr. Peter Hoffman, professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology, described how Selenoprotein K acts as a novel intracellular target to potentially treat certain cancers. Dr. Katalin Csiszar, graduate chair within CIM, drew interest among attendees in the Clinical and Translation Research Graduate Program offered at JABSOM when she spoke about the flexibility of the Master’s program and the successful careers it has launched for its graduates.
The keynote address during the two-day conference was given by Dr. Loic Le Marchand, a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researcher whose work on obesity and cancer risk is recognized worldwide.
Additional note: Dr. Deng asked that he be permitted space to thank his conference co-organizers Dr. Guo-Tang Xu (Former Dean at Tongi University School of Medicine), Dr. Gang-Ming Zou (Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Translational Medicine), and his colleagues Dr. Richard Yanagihara, Dr. Richard Alisopp, Dr. Vedbar Khadka, Dr. John Chen, Tina Shelton, Melia Young, Deborah Dimaya and many other contributors and volunteers who made the event possible.