The Center for Cardiovascular Research has an educational program aimed to train new researchers, create resources for medical students, and reach out to the community.   Below is a listing of our current educational efforts.


1. Online Lab Training Materials

The CCR laboratories are used by several learning groups, including graduate students, medical students and the community.  When our top scientists spend their hours providing the same training for every new person or group, training becomes costly and inefficient. To streamline this process, we developed an online molecular biology course for new people to learn basic and essential laboratory techniques on their own.  Unlike a one-time face-to-face training, this online course is always available, provides consistency, and can be viewed an endless amount of times.  It has four modules with 16 topics, enhanced with illustrations and videos.  Please visit our website: 

2. Instructional Supplements to Medical & Graduate Education

Faculty from different departments at the medical school provide basic science lectures to medical students, and lecturers may change from year to year.  This variety can cause inconsistency of material presented with varying degrees of quality and engagement.  The CCR is providing the medical education program with high-quality instructional resources that appeal to modern day, tech-savvy learners.  For example, an interactive, self-directed instructional module that focuses on heart contraction was developed.  While we hope to spark interest medical students in cardiology research, we are also providing a useful resource to beginning graduate students in the CCR or related graduate programs.  T

he module can be downloaded below.

3. Encouraging Early Interest in Science and Health

We care about encouraging youth and their families/teachers to explore, learn about, and enter health-related careers, including biomedical science.  We partner with the Area Health Education Center and other JABSOM partners to expose students to researchers, their research, and the hands-on techniques and facilities they use.  We are committed to help mentor and train students at different educational levels. Our Hawaii Science Career Inspiration (HiSCI) project and others have activities that:

  1. Increase and experiment with new recruitment strategies
  2. Connect (and connect with) the Science/Health teacher community
  3. Track the pipeline of who is considering health science careers so we can tailor programs to meet their needs
  4. Support individuals from under-represented backgrounds in the Sciences and those from geographically remote locations
  5. Mentor our best and brightest youth to achieve excellence
  6. Link with partners in our State committed to STEM, Science, and Health and provide workshops, lectures, and tours within their programming efforts for students and teachers to gain awareness
  7. Develop new hands-on workshops for students and community members to experience biomedical research
  8. Promote community and public awareness of exciting research
  9. Expand our capacity to support additional student engagement with health science careers

4. Professional Development for Experienced Science Teachers

Experienced science teachers are valuable members of high school science programs and are important to retain; however, their science techniques may need updating.  Originally, a “Furlough Friday” program we attracted and trained some of Hawaii’s most experienced science teachers during their days off. Using our researchers and high-tech facilities, we have trained 70 of Hawaii’s best science teachers and exposed them to some of the most cutting-edge molecular biology research performed in our labs.  This created excitement and provided awareness of the CCR to the community. Ultimately, we hope this kind of training can improve the science literacy of Hawaii’s youth. Over 200+ teachers have joined us for one-day biomedical exposure events. 

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  Contact Information


  Dr. Rachel Boulay
  Associate Professor              (Faculty Specialist) & 
  Director of Education

  Phone: (808) 692-0986
  Fax: (808) 692-1973


Craig Okumura,
Sep 13, 2010, 6:48 PM