Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research
Research Medal Award Winner
Laurence N. Kolonel
Epidemiology and prostate cancer
Laurence N. Kolonel, deputy director of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of epidemiology and prostate cancer and explores the relationship between diet and cancer.
In his more than 25 years of service to the University of Hawaii, Kolonel has published more than 200 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Kolonel’s early published studies demonstrated the role of environmental factors in the etiology of cancer leading to differences in incidence and mortality rates between ethnic groups. His pioneering research demonstrated the importance of diet in the development of cancer in humans.
Kolonel’s sustained funding and its phenomenal growth over the years is a testament to both the quality of his research and to its importance. This year he was honored with an R-37 MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health and received 11 million dollars over five years with a guaranteed extension. This is the first award made to a University of Hawaii faculty member. Kolonel received the award for his multiethnic cohort study of diet and cancer, which includes more than 215,000 participants in Hawaii and California and examines the influence of diet and other lifestyle factors on cancer risk among Japanese Americans, Native Hawaiians, Caucasians, African Americans and Latinos.
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.
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