Events in 2016

Quest for a Cure: Progress in Cancer Research

On September 17th, 2016, the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center hosted the 6th annual “Quest for a Cure: Progress in Cancer Research” community event at Sullivan Conference Center. Speakers and booths promoting the prevention and early detection of cancer were featured at this event which attracted more than 150 community participants.

The Student Immunization Initiative, a Registered Independent Organization at UH Manoa founded by Tropical Medicine graduate students, operated an exhibit to provide information about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer and certain other cancers. Graduate students Yukie Lloyd, Eleanore Chuang, and Priscilla Seabourn from the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology,  Asami Nago from the Department of Medical Anthropology, and undergraduate students, Bradley Thomas and Michael Fernandez, organized and staffed the exhibit with the assistance of Dr. Sandra Chang. The exhibit featured educational brochures and posters, a movie trailer on HPV and cancer, and an interactive jeopardy game to educate attendees on HPV vaccination. Event participants who visited the exhibit expressed interest in learning about how to prevent cancer in the next generation by vaccination and sharing this information with their children and grandchildren.

The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, and improved patient care.  The mission of the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology is to provide the future leaders in Tropical Medicine with a world-class, transdisciplinary research and teaching program that focuses on basic, translational, and field research on microbial diseases of global public health importance and of special interest to Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region.