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May 15, 2018

UH Cancer Center scientists recognized for international mesothelioma research impact

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center researchers were awarded for outstanding mesothelioma research from The International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig). The researchers were awarded both of the two awards chosen every two years by iMig.

iMig Wagner Medal 2018: Michele CarboneMichele Carbone, MD, PhD

Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, for "discovering the role and mechanisms of genetics in the pathogenesis of mesothelioma".

iMig presents the Wagner Medal every two years to an individual who has made major original contributions to the understanding of mesothelioma, either in basic or applied research. The Wagner Medal is the highest honor presented by the International Mesothelioma Interest Group to a leader in the field.

Haining Yang, PhD

iMig Research Award 2018: Haining Yang
Haining Yang, MD, PhD, for "discovering the mechanisms of asbestos carcinogenesis".

The iMig Research Award is awarded every two years to recognize the potential significance and impact on the field of novel mesothelioma research (basic, translational, or clinical).

Drs. Carbone and Yang share a lab at the UH Cancer Center and together lead an international team of fellows and students.

iMig is an independent international group of scientists and clinicians working to understand, cure and prevent mesothelioma.


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