National Geographicʻs February 2013 online article The Bite That Heals cites research by Angel Yangihara Ph.D. one of the departmentʻs graduate faculty:
Toxins from venom and poison sources are also giving us a clearer picture of how proteins that control many of the body’s crucial cellular functions work. Studies of the deadly poison tetrodotoxin (TTX) from puffer fish, for instance, have revealed intricate details about the way nerve cells communicate.
“We’re motivated to look for new compounds to lessen human suffering,” Angel Yanagihara of the University of Hawaii told me. “But while doing that, you may uncover things you don’t expect.” Driven in part out of revenge for a box jellyfish sting she endured 15 years ago, Yanagihara discovered a potential wound-healing agent within the tubules that contain jellyfish venom. “It had nothing to do with the venom itself,” she said. “By getting intimate with a noxious animal, I’ve been informed way beyond my expectations…”
The Hawaii Center for AIDS intends to apply to the National Institute of Health for a Developmental Center for AIDS Research (D-CFAR) grant. If funded, this grant will provide infrastructure support to the University to strengthen its capacity for HIV/AIDS research. Specifically, the D-CFAR will provide funds for pilot projects, foster scientific communications and develop new areas of HIV research, sponsor training and educational opportunities, and make available clinical (access to human specimens and patients) and laboratory resources/assays to researchers as core resources. More information about CFARs and D-CFARs are available at this website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/labsandresources/resources/cfar/Pages/default.aspx
Paramyxoviruses comprise many human pathogens, including measles virus,
human parainfluenza viruses 1 and 3, mumps virus, respiratory syncytial virus,
and human metapneumovirus. They also include two recently recognized and
highly lethal zoonotic paramyxoviruses, namely Nipah and Hendra viruses.
Human use vaccines are available for only measles and mumps, and they were
both empirically derived many years ago. Continue reading
Professor (Pediatric Infectious Diseases)
Position Number: 0082295, John A Burns School of Medicine – Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology and Department of Pediatrics, Tenure Track, Full Time, Permanent, General Funds Continue reading
The theme of 2012 COBRE Mini-Symposium was an overview in vaccine development.
For more information on the guest speakers. [Link]
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Acknowledgements: This mini-symposium is supported by grant P20GM103516 from the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Program, of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.
2012 Publication Page has been updated. [Link]
LAST CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE MARCH 15, 2012
ANNUAL BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES SYMPOSIUM
April 17-18, 2012
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Kelsey Roe, now our Ph.D candidate has a new new publication on West Nile virus in the The Journal of General Virology. She provides a keen insight of major proteins involved in neuroinflammation induced by the West Nile virus in a mouse model.
Dr. Diane W. Taylor will be a feature speaker in the 2012 COBRE mini-symposium and she will explain about her research on pregnancy-associated to immunity to Plasmodium falciparum. Continue reading
Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology
Masters Thesis Defense
Community Diversity and Infectious Diseases:
Habitats, Hosts, and Microbes