Grant creates matrix for meaningful health research

RMATRIX leaders, from left, Bruce Shiramizu, Pamela Bullard, Louise Fujisue, Jerris Hedges, Tammy Ho, Todd Seto

University of Hawaiʻi researchers are teaming up with community groups, clinics and hospitals under a $12.6-million effort dubbed RMATRIX that supports interdisciplinary and translational research on health disparities among isle residents.

The goal is to improve the health of people who suffer from disproportionately higher rates of (and worse outcomes from) serious illness. In Hawaiʻi, that includes heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer and dementia.

UH Mānoa is one of five U.S. academic institutions funded through the National Institutes of Health’s Research Centers in Minority Institutions. That’s the “R.” MATRIX stands for Multidisciplinary and Translational Research Infrastructure Expansion.

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