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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will host an international conference on Modernization and Health in the Asia-Pacific Region, August 19–20 at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. The registration deadline is August 12. The conference fee is $135.

Co-sponsored by the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology and the international Human Biology Association, the conference features scientific presentations that highlight the health effects of modernization in the Pacific and Asian regions.

Presentations include results of long-standing studies in Vanuatu—where modernization is beginning—and Samoa, Hawaiʻi and Micronesia—where modernization is long-standing. Studies examine the effects of obesity, extended light exposure, reduced physical activity, genetics on health. The conference also examines the concerns about the rise in hypertension, diabetes, depression and other diseases associated with modernization throughout the region.

The talks will include results of research on childhood obesity in Asia and the Pacific, measurement of physical activity in people doing normal daily activities, the effect of light on circadian rhythms and sleep and more.

Visit the conference website or call (808) 932-7261 for more information.

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