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Leroy Piiohia, study participant, with his graddaughter

The University of Hawaiʻi’s multidisciplinary research into why some of the state’s residents live the longest while others struggle to get beyond their fifties will continue under grant principal investigators Jerris Hedges, dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and Noreen Mokuau, dean of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

The $15.4 million, five-year renewal comes on the heels of a successful foundation laid in the first four years of the RCMI Multidisciplinary and Translational Research Infrastructure Expansion (RMATRIX) grant, a centerpiece of how investigators across UH Mānoa are focusing health research on an essential theme: How to make the lives of people in the state’s multi-ethnic population better.

Echoing one research goal, Kathryn Braun, director of the community-based research core of the project, asks, “What programs and treatments are needed to improve the health of all of Hawaiʻi’s people?”

RMATRIXII continues hoʻokahua (to lay a foundation) for leading-edge research that promotes a healthier Hawaiʻi,” said Mokuau.

A John A. Burns School of Medicine story