Brain Research Innovation & Translation Laboratory

Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience is recognized nationally for our work in neuroscience research conducted at the Clinical Research Center and BRITL (Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs).  HPN’s robust clinical and academic research programs fosters a culture of innovation and collaboration.  Physicians and scientists work closely within and across centers, institutes, and schools to collaborate whether they are basic laboratory-based scientists, bio statisticians or clinicians to encourage cross disciplinary translation bench to bedside research.

HPN accepts a number of “Hawaii BRITL Neuroscience Scholars” each year to work with our neurology & neuroscience research faculty on various projects each year.  BRITL’s mission is to support our local medical students by providing the opportunity to work under neuroscience researchers involved in projects to benefit patient neurological care through a unified approach to research with innovation and translation as its foundation. Hawaii BRITL Scholars also serve as leaders for the Hawaii Neuroscience SIP (Summer Internship Program) attended by undergraduate students from around the world.

Meet Our

Multidisciplinary Team

Kore Kai Liow MD, FACP, FAAN

Neurology
CEO

Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Center,
BRITL (Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs)
BCI (Brain Computer Interface) & Brain Mapping Lab
Director, Center for Neurostimulation,
Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Memory Disorders Center

Jason Chang MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Chief Strategic Officer
Director, Spine & Pain Management
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Center
Subinvestigator, Clinical Research Center

Jason Viereck MD, PhD

Neurology

Director, Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Ctr
Comprehensive MS Center, Stroke & Neurologic Rehabilitation Center

Sriharsha Vajjala MD

Internal Medicine/Sleep Medicine

Subinvestigator, Clinical Research Center

Vimala Vajjala MD

Neurology

Director, Video-EEG Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Neurodiagnostic Institute of Technology,
Headache & Facial Pain Center

Paul Smith MD

Lifestyle Medicine

Director, Self Care & Wellness Center

Qing X. Li PhD

Basic Science

Kent Yamamoto MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Director, Concussion & TBI Center

Todd Uchima PA-C

Neuroscience

Sub-Investigator,
Clinical Research Center

Chris Larrinaga, MSN, ARNP, CNRN

Neuroscience

Sub-Investigator,
Clinical Research Center

Center for Neuroscience Diversity Advancement

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. Hawaii is one of the most diverse state and home to several NIMHD designated US health disparity populations. HPN BRITL Lab for Neuroscience Diversity Advancement focus on promoting and collecting neuroscience data on Hawaii’s diverse population to enhance scientific knowledge and designing interventions to improve health outcomes especially those affecting Hawaii and Pacific populations.

HPN BRITL Center for Neuroscience Diversity Advancement hopes to improve health care access, reduce health disparities especially for minorities, Native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders and those underserved.  Our Clinical Research Center promotes awareness, understanding and inclusion of a diverse population in neuroscience research projects.

Research assistants: Enze Ma, Tate Higashihara, Cori Sutton, Sheri Hiroi, Bree Kaneakua,

Charissa Tan, Rachel Lew, Kayti Luu, Michelle Pang, Kyung Moo Kim, Richard Ho,

Michelle Stafford, ZoeAnn Kon, Julia Jahansooz, Nathan Kim, Vanessa Rubek, Lauren Takasato 

Recent Publications, National and International Scientific Presentations

Brain Mapping Research Laboratory

HPN BRITL Brain mapping research lab. is dedicated to studying how neuronal cortical networks interact with the external environment through neurophysiologic and neuroimaging modalities. The integration of behavioral neuroscience, neurophysiology and bio signal processing knowledge is translated into developing better understanding of cortical physiology and how to improve quality of life of those suffering from neurological disorders.

 Research assistants: Selin Kutlu, MD, Enze Ma, Charrisa Tan, Nathan Kim

Brain Computer Interface (BCI) & Neurotechnology Research Laboratory

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) acquire brain signals, analyze them, and translate them into commands that are relayed to output devices that carry out desired actions.   HPN BRITL BCI & Neurotechnology lab. utilize real time digital signal processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive techniques to study the interface between brain and computers or machines. Our group currently records visual and other sensory stimuli recoded from the brain using noninvasive EEGs, P300 ERP (Event related potentials) in studying cognitive functions.  Our goal is to leverage BCI neurotechnology to develop accurate signal acquisition to be used in measurements of neural network signals as well as neurorehabilitation and neuroenhancement of functions of people suffering from neurological disorders.

Research assistants: Accepting applications : Recent Publications, National and International Scientific Presentations

Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Laboratory (BRITL)

Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience (HPN) is committed to helping medical students pursue their passion in neuroscience, develop leadership in this field and make an impact in the local community. HPN is proud to recognize exceptional medical students who have demonstrated exemplary academic abilities in neuroscience, leadership qualities, passion, and commitment to the pursue of excellence in research and a commitment to make a difference and give back to the local Hawaii community.

BRITL Neuroscience Academic Achievement Scholarship

  • Nominated by a neuroscience faculty member, current or previous project leaders
  • Current active and exemplary BRITL Neuroscience Scholar for more than 1 year
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, academic abilities in neuroscience, passion, and commitment to the pursue of excellence in research and other scholarly activities.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to make a difference and give back to the local Hawaii community
  • Maintain a good standing academically at the medical school

2022 Hawaii Neuroscience Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipient

Connor Goo graduated from Punahou School and majored in biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California. He is a second year medical student at the University of Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine. Connor recommend other students to get involved in at least one research project during medical school.

BRITL Neuroscience Scholars Requirements

  • Current active JABSOM medical or graduate student in good standing
  • Interest in neuroscience and passion, and commitment to pursue research and scholarly activities.
  • Commitment to make a difference and give back to the Hawaii community

2022 Hawaii Neuroscience BRITL Scholars

Enze Ma, Tate Higashihara, Cori Sutton, Sheri Hiroi, Bree Kaneakua, Charissa Tan, Rachel Lew, Kayti Luu, Michelle Pang, Kyung Moo Kim, Richard Ho, Michelle Stafford, ZoeAnn Kon, Julia Jahansooz, Nathan Kim, Vanessa Rubek, Lauren Takasato

Recent Graduated BRITL Neuroscience Scholars

Arash Ghaffari – Rafi MD – Neurosurgery, University California Davis, Bryce Kalei Chang MD – Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Julie Crocker MD – Neurology & Oregon Health Science University, William Harris MD – Neurosurgery, University Colorado & Denver

Medical and graduate students interested in applying to be a Hawaii BRITL Neuroscience Scholar, email a cover letter, CV to:

Kore Liow, MD, Principal Investigator, kliow@hawaii.edu

Connor Goo, 2022 Project Leader, cgoo24@hawaii.edu

Catherine Mitchell, CCRC, cmitchell@hawaiineuroscience.com

Congratulations 2021 Hawaii Neuroscience Summer Interns 2021 Research work Published in Abstracts & Posters

Kayumova, Raksana University of Hawaii, Manoa
Linna, Johanna Princeton University
Ung, Ashley Pacific University
Sims, Nicholas University of California, Berkeley
Bharwad, Samyak Baroda Medical College
Ragheb, Jonathan Harvard University
Fan, Anna University of Hawaii, Manoa
Wong, Kasen University of Southern California
Nakamoto, Sarah Carleton College
Aquino Argueta, Sarvia University of Southern California
Van, Tracy Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Gan, Anna University of Virginia
Inouye, Emma Middlebury College
Yoon, Uiyeol Hawaii Pacific University
Do, Lily University of San Francisco
Hernandez, Joseph Brigham Young University, Hawai
Lau, Logan Kamehameha School Kapalama
Tong, Michael University of Hawaii, Manoa
Masca, Alexandra University of Notre Dame
Fujii, Lauren Santa Clara University
Ma, Ariel Rice University
Balallo, Diane Boston College
Kawamura, Jaron Iolani High School
Ushijima, Kara University of Southern California

Manuscript and Publication Policy

Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience is recognized nationally for our work in neuroscience research conducted at the Clinical Research Center and BRITL (Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs).  HPN’s robust clinical and academic research programs fosters a culture of innovation and collaboration.  Our faculty, residents and students work together whether working within Hawaii or in collaboration with other institutions around the US and international partners and collaborating institutions are published in PubMed indexed journals.

Faculty, residents and students working on manuscript and publications are expected to follow HPN Publication guidelines and NIH manuscript submission guidelines to protect intellectual property and rights of HPN database. 

Unless special permission is granted, corresponding author and last (senior) author is customarily the “owner” of the database, which is usually the principal investigator or another senior mentoring faculty member so that future correspondence to the subject is directed to the “owner” of the database rather than a student or resident who has moved on.  

NIH Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Recent Hawaii Neuroscience Publications and National/International Presentations

2021 Hawaii Neuroscience BRITL & SIP June Orientation Beachside Party and Games