Yanagihara with colleagues

Richard Yanagihara, third from right, with John A. Burns School of Medicine colleagues at the Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference

Richard Yanagihara, a John A. Burns School of Medicine pediatrics professor and scientist, received a national award for his work in expanding infectious disease research capabilities at the University of Hawaiʻi and for his prominent role in helping focus attention on research into why people of certain cultural backgrounds suffer from disproportionately poor health issues.

The award was presented at the 2014 Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference in Maryland. The conference, titled “Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Evolving Dimensions of U.S. and Global Health Equity,” runs through December 3.

The Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program Directors Association presented Yanagihara with the award dedicated to the memory of Frederick C. Greenwood, an internationally acclaimed scientist and exemplary scientific administrator who worked at UH Mānoa.

About Richard Yanagihara

Yanagihara is an outstanding researcher known for his prominent role in health disparity research. He has assisted in building capacity at UH for a laboratory-based retrovirology research program. He has also played a critical role in the development of infrastructure for infectious diseases research and has provided direct mentoring of junior and mid-career faculty.

Read the John A. Burns School of Medicine story for more information.