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NEW LEADERSHIP

POPULATION SCIENCES IN THE PACIFIC PROGRAM WELCOMES NEW CO-LEADERS

S . LANI PARK , PhD , MPH

Following thorough reviews with senior leadership and extensive discussion among program faculty , Sung-shim ( Lani ) Park , PhD , MPH , was appointed as the new co-leader of the UH Cancer Center ’ s Population Sciences in the Pacific Program ( Cancer Epidemiology ). Park has over 10 years of experience working with the Multiethnic Cohort Study and has ongoing collaborations with large consortia such as the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology ( PAGE ) and Transdisciplinary Research in Cancer of the Lung ( TRICL ). Her research focuses on identifying genetic , health , behavioral , and environmental factors that contribute to racial-ethnic differences in cancer risk .

At the conclusion of a nationwide search , Pallav Pokhrel , PhD , MPH , was selected as the new co-leader of the UH Cancer Center ’ s Population Sciences in the Pacific Program ( Cancer Prevention in the Pacific ). Pokhrel joined the UH Cancer Center faculty in 2009 . His research focuses on reducing tobacco-related cancer disparities and preventing the abuse of emerging tobacco products . He is currently investigating the effects of e-cigarette marketing on young adults , the effects of e-cigarette use on tobacco use behavior , psychosocial predictors of racial-ethnic disparities in tobacco use , and application of self-regulation theories on tobacco use prevention and cessation interventions .
Mahalo to Thomas Wills , PhD , and Herbert Yu , MD , PhD , MSc , for leading the Population Sciences in the Pacific Program for the last 10 years . We appreciate their dedication and guidance in moving the program forward . Both have stepped down to focus on their research .
PALLAV POKHREL , PhD , MPH
THOMAS WILLS , PhD
HERBERT YU , MD , PhD , MSc
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