Message from the Director:
I joined the John A. Burns School of Medicine in December 2005 after many years of training, teaching, and research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas. We established our Center for Cardiovascular Research shortly thereafter. The Center is the focal point for cardiovascular investigation in Hawaii and is an important source of training for young investigators. We have made great progress over the past few years, especially with the renewal of a Cardiovascular COBRE award from the NCRR, and have created a welcoming and productive environment for faculty, students and technical staff.
The Center is on the third floor of the new campus of the medical school in Kaka'ako, a redeveloping neighborhood located between downtown Honolulu and the sea. The main campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a Class 1 Research University with 20,000 students, is four miles northeast and houses many of our collaborating colleagues in the Institute for Biogenesis Research, the Pacific Biomedical Research Center, the College of Engineering, and the College of Education. We also have productive collaborations with our clinical colleagues at The Queen's Medical Center, where we contribute to a new Fellowship in Cardiology and participate in a variety of clinical activities and studies.
The people of Hawaii, through the Legislature, have supported the construction of our beautiful new school. With our colleagues at JABSOM we are fulfilling our promise to them to create a renaissance of biomedical science here in Hawaii, to enhance our understanding of cardiovascular disease and improve health.
Ralph V. Shohet, M.D.