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2023 Hawaii MS Symposium
Addressing Unmet Needs - MS Care in Hawaii & Pacific Islands

January 14th Saturday
8:30AM-1PM Neuroscience Conference Center
2230 Liliha Street #104 HONOLULU, HI 96817
Letter From the

Organizing Committee

Aloha Friends,

 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in 2023 “Hawai’i MS Symposium” – Meeting unmet Needs in Hawaii and Pacific Islands on January 14, 2023.

 

We have known for the longest time that MS in Hawaii and the Pacific is different from rest of US and the world. For the first time, this has been described and published in a seminal 2022 article in May issue of Neurology Review delineating an unmet need in a US minority population especially Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islands.  Most approved treatments & guidelines are also developed with lack of participation from minority groups. 

 

According to NIH NIMHD (National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities), one of America’s greatest challenges is reducing the profound disparity in health status of its racial and ethnic minority, rural, low-income, and other underserved populations.    According to 2020 US census Bureau, Asian is the 2nd fastest growing minority after Hispanics.  We believe we can play an important role in reducing the disparity in care for minority groups as defined by NIH National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD)

 

  • Asian Americans (7% of US & over 40% of Hawaii’s population) 
  • Native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders (10% of Hawaii’s population)
  • Underserved rural population (94% Hawaii’s landmass)

 

Thus, it is with great pleasure we invite you to be part of this important symposium focused on meeting unmet needs of several US minority populations.  This half-day event filled with opportunities to engage in addressing unmet MS community needs in Hawai’i and Pacific Islands. 

 

We estimate over 50 guests will attend from all over the Pacific and US.    Your participation in this event will make a difference to the Hawai’i and Pacific community.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to Danrie Miral at dmiral@hawaiineuroscience.com for any further questions or information.

Kore Kai Liow, MD, (Chair, Organizing Committee)

Neuroscience Chair, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Clinical Professor, Dept. Medicine (Neurology)
Graduate Faculty, Clinical and Translational Research
University Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine

Alisa Schwaneberg

Manager, Healthcare Provider Engagement,
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Hawaii and Pacific Region

8:30-9:00AM

Introductions & Welcome How is MS and MS Care in Hawaii different from other parts of the US?

Kore Kai Liow, MD

Principal Investigator, MS Research Unit, Neuroscience Chair, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research, University of Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine Author, MS in Asian, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, Addressing Unmet Needs

MS Resources in Hawaii & Pacific Islands

Alisa Schwaneberg

Manager, Healthcare Provider Engagement National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific Region

9:00-9:45 AM

Sorting out the Different MS Treatment Modalities in 2023, What’s New? What’s Trending?

Alexander Galati, MD

Director, MS Center, Queens Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine 9:

9:45-10:30 AM

Optimizing Brain Health & Wellness in MS Patients in 2023

Paul Smith, MD,

Director, Self-Care & Wellness Center, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

10:30-11:15 PM

Management of Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and other Psychiatric Conditions in MS Patients

Janette Abramawitz, MD

Psychiatrist & Neurologist Assistant Professor of Psychiatry University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

11:15-12:45PM EXHIBIT BOOTHS MED STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

Medical Student Presentations Panel of Judges (Head Judge)

Jason Viereck, MD, PhD

Director, Comprehensive MS Center Sub investigator, MS Research Unit, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research, University of Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine

Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders in Hawaii’s MS Patients with Autoimmune Comorbidities

Shin Chang

Medical Student, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Announcement of Best Research Presentations

Russell Woo, MD

Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair for Research, University of Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine

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