Population Sciences in the Pacific Program

Current studies

Shape Up! studies led by John Shepherd
To learn more, visit shepherdresearchlab.org

Shape Up! Keiki and Shape Up! Adults studies explore and develop ways to measure health and body composition from 2D and 3D images to improve the understanding of metabolic risk factors and its relation to cancer.

Cancer care coordination studies led by Izumi Okado
The study is seeking volunteers with early-stage cancer (I-III) receiving adjuvant therapy to help improve cancer care in two ongoing studies, recruiting on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui.

Effects of e-cigarette marketing on young adults led by Pallav Pokhrel
The researcher is investigating the effects of e-cigarette marketing on Hawaiʻi young adults' beliefs, attitudes, and e-cigarette and cigarette use behaviors.

Healthy Diet and Lifestyle 2 (HDLS 2) led by Loïc Le Marchand and Carol Boushey
HDLS 2 investigates if certain changes in dietary habits coupled with physical activity affect the amount of fat stored in the abdomen and the rest of the body to reduce disease risk.

Structural racism and lung cancer study led by Sung-shim (Lani) Park
This study examines various measures of structural racism that contribute to change in smoking behaviors and lung cancer risk in African American, Japanese American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian adults.

Prostate cancer risk prediction led by Lang Wu
The study increases understanding of the causes of prostate cancer in an effort to improve the prediction of future disease. The research will help to identify proteins that play a role in prostate cancer development.

E-cigarettes intervention for Hawaiʻi youth led by Scott Okamoto
The study focuses on developing and evaluating a culturally grounded e-cigarette intervention for the rural youth of Hawaiʻi.

Nutrition study led by Carol Boushey
The project aims to identify errors in dietary assessment methods that serve as links between diet and chronic disease outcomes such as obesity and cancer.