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19 March 2018: COBRE Small Grants Program 2018-2019

The purpose of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Small Grants Program is to provide support via three funding mechanisms to University of Hawaii (UH) faculty engaged in research in tropical medicine, medical microbiology, immunology, and non-HIV/AIDS emerging infectious diseases….


24 January 2018: Zika Virus Research Featured in Nature Medicine
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The cover story in the January 2018 issue of Nature Medicine, entitled ‘Puzzling over privilege’, highlights the research on Zika virus by Saguna Verma and her co-workers, published recently in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of Virology.

The recent Zika and Ebola virus epidemics have s…


18 August 2017: Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium
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The University of Hawaii at Manoa, under the leadership of Vivek R. Nerurkar, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, has successfully competed for renewed five-year funding for the Northern/Pa…


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Recent Publications
mSphere, 2018, Recombinant Zika virus subunits are immunogenic and efficacious in mice.
To A, Medina LO, Mfuh KO, Lieberman MM, Wong TAS, Namekar M, Nakano E, Lai CY, Kumar M, Nerurkar VR, Lehrer AT.

Following the 2015 Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreaks in the South Pacific, Caribbean, and Americas, ZIKV has emerged as a serious threat due to its association with infantile microcephaly and other neurologic disorders. Despite an international effort to develop a safe and effective vaccine to combat cong…


Viruses, 2018, Favipiravir and ribavirin inhibit replication of Asian and African strains of Zika virus in different cell models.
Kim J-A, Seong R-K, Kumar M, Shin OS.

Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently emerged as a new public health threat. ZIKV infections
have caused a wide spectrum of neurological diseases, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, myelitis,
meningoencephalitis, and congenital microcephaly. No effective therapies currently exist for treating patients infe…


Scientific Reports, 2018, Increased susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum in infants is associated with low, not high, placental malaria parasitemia.
Tassi Yunga S, Fouda GG, Sama G, Ngu JB, Leke RGF, Taylor DW.

Risk of malaria in infants can be influenced by prenatal factors. In this study, the potential for placental parasitemia at delivery in predicting susceptibility of infants to Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) infections was evaluated. Seventy-two newborns of mothers who were placental malaria negat…


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Seminars & Events
09 March 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Stephen Higgs, Ph.D., Alan R. Katz, M.D., Brenda Y. Hernandez, Ph.D., Richard J. Kuhn, Ph.D.
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2018 COBRE Mini-Symposium


10 January 2018, 12:00 PM
Keith Dunker, Ph.D.
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A Toolkit for Developmental Biology: Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, Alternative Splicing, and Post-translational Modification (IDP-AS-PTM)


19 December 2017, 12:00 PM
Stephany Yi Tzeng, Ph.D.
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Non-Viral Gene Delivery: From Regenerative Medicine to Cancer Immunotherapy


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Workshops
30 January 2018, 10:00 AM
Bela Desai, Ph.D.

Principles of Luminex multiplexing technology: The why, how, when, & where of detecting multiple analytes from the same well


25 January 2018, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tim Crawford, Ph.D.

Data Analysis in FlowJo v10 and SeqGeq


21 October 2016, 10:00 AM
Alexandra Gurary, Ph.D.

Attune Nxt Training


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Recent Grants
NIH/FIC, 1D71TW010434-01A1 Sustainable Research Training and Capacity Building in Liberia for Emerging Viral Epidemics
09/08/2017 - 08/31/2018
NIH/OD, R21OD024896 A Guinea Pig Model of Zika Virus Disease
09/01/2017 - 08/31/2019
NIH/FIC, 2D43TW009345-06 Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2022
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