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Record number of presentations will be a part of 2017 Biomedical/Health Disparities Symposium

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina Shelton, (808) 554-2586
Director of Communications, Office of Dean of Medicine
Lyn Hamamura, (808) 692-1514
Staff, Cell and Molecular Biology, JABSOM
Posted: Apr 18, 2017

Last year's session spread out through a large meeting room in Kakaako.
Last year's session spread out through a large meeting room in Kakaako.

The Annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, 2017, at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa (UHM) Kakaʻako campus.  The symposium, sponsored by the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and National Institutes of Health grants RMATRIX, RCMI and INBRE III, is coordinated by the JABSOM Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program.

The locations include the JABSOM Auditorium (651 Ilalo Street, Room 315) and the Sullivan Conference Center on the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center (Kakaʻako) ground floor (701 Ilalo Street).

The symposium allows health sciences students, MD residents and faculty from colleges throughout Hawaiʻi to display their latest research. The 2017 symposium has attracted a record 169 recipients. They will compete in their divisions, but the setting has the feel of a scientific meeting. The researchers explain their ideas, and receive supportive input from faculty judges.

The symposium also gives participants a unique opportunity for future collaboration as they learn about the studies underway by their colleagues. The research in health disparities -- the variation in rates of disease and disabilities between people in certain socioeconomic groups -- is especially relevant to Hawaiʻi citizens.

The event is open to the public.


The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai, Director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at UH Mānoa.

Short-form schedule of presentations:
Thursday, April 20, 2017:
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Poster Session 1
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Keynote address by Margaret McFall-Ngai, PhD, Director of the UHM Pacific Biosciences Research Center
Friday, April 21, 2017:
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Poster Session 2
12:00-12:45 p.m. Memorial Tribute for Rosanne Harrigan, PhD
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Poster Session 3

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