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Neuroscience Symposium draws more than 100 participants
Pictured: Some of the participants at the 2016 Hawaiʻi Neuroscience Symposium.
The successful 2016 Hawaiʻi Neuroscience Symposium held August 20 at the University of Hawai’i (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine was initiated, organized and led by students. The focus was on stimulating, nurturing and growing “Neuroscience Talents and Innovations in Hawaiʻi.” The event drew over 100 participants. Fellows, residents, medical students, post docs, graduate and undergraduate students (spanning North America from UH Mānoa to UCLA to Boston University) presented their neuroscience research findings. They were inspired by talks featuring prominent neuroscience physicians and researchers from the U.S. mainland and Hawaiʻi, including Raman Sankar, MD, PhD, Professor & Rubin Brown Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Neurology, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Course chair Kore Kai Liow, MD, noted that neuroscience is in an era of rapid growth and popularity. “In 2014 the National Institutes of Health funded more neuroscience research than cancer research for the first time in its history,” said Dr. Liow. “The need to collaborate with experts from partnering fields, such as engineering, computer science, and applied mathematics, has never been more crucial because neuroscience is expanding well beyond traditional sub-discipline and intellectual boundaries,” he said.