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2015-2016 RMATRIX Pilot Projects

Principal Investigator(s) Title of Project
Melissa Agsalda-Garcia, PhD Biomarkers to Optimize Anal Cancer/Dysplasia Screening for HIV+ Patients in Hawaii
Victoria Fan, ScD The Economics of Food Environment, Body Mass Index, and Hospitalizations in Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Communities on O’ahu
Seunghye Hong, PhD and Claire Townsend, DrPH Feasibility Testing of a Culturally-Tailored, Web-Based Weight Loss Program for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples
Jennifer Salcedo, MD, MPH, MPP and Mary Tschann, MPH Assessing the Feasibility and Impact of Volunteer Reproductive Health Educators on Comprehensive Sexual Health Services and Patient Knowledge: A Pilot Study


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2014-2015 RMATRIX Pilot Projects

Principal Investigator(s) Title of Project
Jinan Banna, PhD Development of a Food Behavior Checklist for Limited-Resource Filipinos
Ivo Sah Bandar, MD, PhD Monocyte Inflammation and Metabolic Disorders
Treena Delormier, PhD It’s All About the Context: Understanding the Food Choice Routines of Families
Jun Panee, PhD Influences of Obesity and Marijuana Use on Cognitive Function
Tetine Sentell, PhD Racial Discrimination, Health, and Healthcare for Hawaii’s Chuukese Population
Pallav Pokhrel, PhD Feasibility of Smartphone-Based Smoking Cessation Research Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women


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2012-2013 RMATRIX Pilot Projects

Principal Investigator(s) Title of Project
May Okihiro, MD Project PONO - Prevention of Negative Outcomes
Nisha Parikh, MD Metabolite Profile as a Postpartum Predictor of Endothelial Dysfunction Following Preeclampsia
Kaimi Sinclair, PhD Hula & Hypertension: Ola Hou Pilot Study
Bruce Soll, MD Integration and Assessment of Physiologic Radar Technology in Sleep Monitoring Systems
Kalpana Kallianpur, PhD Cerebrovascular Risk Factors and Altered Brain Structure in Healthy Individuals
Alice Tse, PhD Perceptions of Native Hawaiian Community Partners about Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
Victor Lubecke, PhD Integration and Assessment of Physiologic Radar Technology in Sleep Monitoring Systems


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2011-2012 RMATRIX Collaboration Pilot Project Program Awards

Principal Investigator(s) Title of Project
J. Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, PhD PILI ’Aina Project: Partnerships to Overcome Obesity Disparities in Hawaii
Shane Morita, MD, MS Thyroid Cancer and Ethnic Disparity in Hawaii: Profiling the MAPK and MTOR Signaling Pathways
Beau Nakamoto, MD, PhD Neuroimaging Correlates of Monocyte/Macrophage Infiltration in HIV-infected Individuals: A Cross-sectional Pilot Study Using IV Furomoxytol
Alexander Stokes, PhD, BSc, MSc Protection from Cardiac Hypertrophy via Pharmacological Inhibition of the Ion Channel TRPV1
Johann Urschitz, PhD Correlation of genetic risk factors with gestational diabetes and preeclampsia in women from Hawaii
Thomas Wills, PhD Discrimination and Substance Abuse Among Adolescents in Hawaii
Angel Yanagihara, PhD Identification and Characterization of Cryptic Fleming Bay Marine Stingers
Yi Zuo, PhD Effect of Corticosteroids on Pulmonary Surfactant of Premature Newborns


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2010-2011 RMATRIX Collaboration Pilot Project Program Awards

(Co-funded in Partnership with the RTRN Small Grant Awards Program)

Principal Investigator(s) Title of Project
Sandra Chang, PhD Design of imido-substituted 2-chloro-1, 4-naphthoquionones as anti-malarial drugs
Katalin Csiszar, PhD Genetic Risk for Exfoliation Glaucoma in Pacific Islanders and Puerto Ricans
Suwit Jack Somponpun, PhD Morphogenetic Mechanism of Embryonic six2 in Establishing Nephron Endowment


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