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Translational Research Clusters

Central to the Network's ability to transition from laboratory research to clinical research and from clinical research to the community and public health practice is the implementation of the translational research cluster (TRC) system. The clusters, embedded within cyber workspaces, link clinical, biomedical and behavioral researchers with providers and community leaders into novel geographic and ethnically diverse research partnerships aimed at improving patient health outcomes. The "brain-trust" of the Network, the TRC system generates new ideas for research collaborations and educational activities.

RCMI CC Research Coordinating Center (RCC), under the leadership of Richard Yanagihara, M.D., RCC Director, and Marilyn Foreman MD, MS, will increase the quality and efficiency of clinical and translational research across the RCMI Network. The RCC will support RCMI researchers to accelerate the movement of their basic and clinical science questions and community ideas from the conceptual phase through subsequent phases of planning, implementation, analysis and publication.


For additional information on the RCMI CC Translational Research Clusters , contact Pam Bullard at or an RCC Liaison:


RCC Cluster Liaisons


Brenda Hernandez, PhD

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Genes and Environmental Health/ Toxicology

Sandra Chang, PhD

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Immunological and Infectious Diseases Neurological Disorders and Mental Health

Angela Sy, Dr.P.H.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Community Engagement
Women's Health and Reproductive Biology

Deborah Taira, ScD

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Cardiovascular and Related Diseases
Obesity and Metabolic Syndromes