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Graduate Student Jonathan Yap describes his research to a symposium judge.

The annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held on April 25–26 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa drew 170 different ideas, laid out in poster form by undergraduate students from all University of Hawaiʻi campuses and colleges around the state, as well as graduate students, medical students, medical residents and faculty.

The annual event brings together people from fields ranging from medicine to engineering, who find their skills and their goals can complement one another as they work toward scientific breakthroughs in health care.

This year’s symposium offered a rare clinical diagnosis of Kawasaki’s Disease in an adult—a disease usually seen in children. A first-year medical student offered a proposal he hopes will inspire the training of young medical residents across the country and motivate them to conduct quality improvement projects in their own practices.

Another high-tech 3D anatomy teaching tool was demonstrated by the anatomy faculty at the UH Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), who are working to make the most minute anatomical details accessible and realistic by using a cellphone.

Dean’s award winners were selected for five divisions including faculty, medical fellows and residents, medical students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students and a JABSOM undergraduate.

The 2019 Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium was sponsored by JABSOM, Research Multidisciplinary And Translational Research Infrastructure Expansion project, Hawaiʻi IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, Research Centers in Minority Institutions Hawaiʻi and the UH Cancer Center.

Take a stroll through the 2019 symposium.

—By Tina Shelton

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