UH medical school researchers win international recognition

University of Hawaiʻi
Gregg Takayama, (808) 692-0988
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Posted: Mar 29, 2006

Research papers on human antioxidant enzymes and tropical disease have gained international recognition for faculty members of the University of Hawaii‘s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

"This highlights the world-class research being conducted here at our Medical School that can dramatically help human health and well-being," says Interim Dean Sam Shomaker.

Researchers led by Marla Berry, PhD, Chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, published a new study in the journal, MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY, on the synthesis of antioxidant enzymes known as selenoproteins. These enzymes function in defenses against cancer and aging.

The research is highlighted as an "Editor's Choice" by the journal, SCIENCE, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science:


Also, a paper authored by Duane Gubler, ScD, Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, was one of the top 10 most downloaded articles in 2005 from the journal COMPARATIVE IMMUNOLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

Dr. Gubler‘s paper, "The changing epidemiology of yellow fever and dengue, 1900 to 2003: full circle?" warns of the resurgence in recent years of yellow fever in Africa and dengue worldwide: