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October 29, 2018

Laurence N. Kolonel Endowed Research Professorship


Dr. Laurence N. Kolonel speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Multiethnic Cohort Study at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Dr. Laurence N. Kolonel speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Multiethnic Cohort Study
at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center


The UH Cancer Center has embarked on a goal to raise $500,000 through philanthropy in honor of Laurence N. Kolonel, MD, PhD, professor emeritus at the UH Cancer Center.

Kolonel served for 30 years as director of the epidemiology program at the Cancer Center. He is a world-renowned scholar in the fields of epidemiology and prostate cancer, and has published more than 500 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Kolonel was honored by the National Institutes of Health for his world-class research on diet and cancer. In 2013, he received the prestigious American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention from the American Association for Cancer Research. He is also the co-founder of the Multiethnic Cohort Study, which follows more than 215,000 participants for health events in Hawaiʻi and California. He has been the esteemed mentor of many trainees and junior faculty in population sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi and elsewhere.

Funds will establish the Laurence Kolonel Endowed Research Professorship at the Cancer Center. This endowed professorship will provide support for a promising junior faculty researcher in cancer epidemiology. The recipient of the professorship will receive annual support from the proceeds of the endowment for three years to aid in their career development and provide research support critical for a junior academic investigator. After three years, the professorship will rotate to another junior researcher. The selection committee will be comprised of members of the Cancer Epidemiology Program at the UH Cancer Center. Each investigator selected will carry the designation as Laurence N. Kolonel Scholar.

For more information or to make a monetary donation, please contact Todd Cullison, Associate Director of Development at 808-356-5757 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .