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Pediatric medicine professor Richard Yanagihara is “2017 ARCS Scientist of the Year”
By Cheryl Ernst, Events & Public Info Officer, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter has named John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Professor Richard Yanagihara, MD, MPH, its 2017 ARCS Scientist of the Year. The Scientist of the Year award recognizes a University of Hawaiʻi (UH) researcher whose advancement of knowledge in a STEM field and mentorship of new scientists mirrors the ARCS Foundation mission of advancing science in America.
“We at JABSOM congratulate ARCS and Dr. Yanagihara on this latest recognition of his world-class expertise, as well as the passion he brings to mentoring junior scientists,” said Dr. Jerris Hedges, JABSOM Dean. “Dr. Yanagihara inspires faculty and investigators here at the University of Hawai’i while making major contributions to our partner universities in the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN), a groundbreaking consortium of U.S. biomedical, behavioral and clinical researchers.”
Hantaviruses are a relatively newly discovered genre spread by rodents with sometimes fatal consequences to humans. Yanagihara, Director of UH’s Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Disease Research, is considered to be one of the top hantavirus researchers in the world. He studies the appearance of diseases such as Ebola, measles, hepatitis C and HIV among populations isolated by virtue of genetics, culture and/or geography.
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ARCS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to advance science in America through support of outstanding graduate students in STEM fields. The Honolulu Chapter has awarded more than $2 million to UH Mānoa doctoral candidates since 1974.