Posted on | May 27, 2011 | Comments Off
AIDS clinical researcher Cecilia Shikuma, professor and director of the Pacific Center for AIDS Research at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was named the 2011 Scientist of the Year by the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Honolulu Chapter. Shikuma’s research interests include optimization of HIV antiretroviral management and care, metabolic and mitochondrial toxicities associated with HIV and its therapies and in the neurologic complications of HIV.
HIV continues to surprise the medical community, Shikuma says. “People with HIV are suffering higher rates of heart disease, liver failure and cancer.” She has established collaborations with Thailand and Vietnam to identify and treat HIV in Asia and the Pacific and publishes extensively on related topics, most recently “Epidemiology, Seasonality and Predictors of Outcome of AIDS-Associated Penicillium marneffei Infection in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam” in the April 2011 Clinical Infectious Diseases.
“My undergraduate degree in biology is from UH, so this institution is very close to my heart,” she told fellow ARCS honorees and guests at the organization’s annual banquet. “This has been very exciting for me,” she adds, noting the basic science research by young scholars that contributes to pharmaceutical development tested in clinical trials such as the ones she runs.