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Self-Care & Wellness Center & Wellness Research Unit

The Self-Care & Wellness Center at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience promotes lifestyle choices as life skills in self-care. The choices we make in what we eat, when we eat, how active we are, our sleep habits, stress management, use of alcohol, tobacco and risky substances, and our social connections/relationships with others have a profound impact on our health and well-being.

■ Each of us makes choices every day that affect our health. With the myriad of health information resources available that sometimes provide conflicting information; it can be intimidating to know what constitutes the “healthy choice.”

■ Through the Self-Care and Wellness Center you will learn the Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine

  • Nutrition,
  • Physical Activity,
  • Sleep Hygiene,
  • Stress Management,
  • Social Connectedness
  • Avoidance of Risky Substances

■ Lifestyle Medicine is an evidenced-based practice of helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and well-being. It effectively promotes “lifestyle as medicine.”

Brain health can be improved by changing our lifestyle behaviors, including the right nutrients in our daily diet and regular physical activity. To build a personalized wellness road map begins with assessing your health risks and your readiness to change unhealthy behaviors.

Clinical Trials available at Hawaii Stroke Research Unit

Publications by our specialists and researchers at the Hawaii Stroke Restoration Research Unit

Meet Our

Multidisciplinary Team

Kore Kai Liow, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.N.

Neuroscience Chair

Director, Memory Disorders Center, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Neuro COVID Clinic, Center for Neuromodulation, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Center, BRITL (Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs) BCI (Brain Computer Interface) & Brain Mapping Lab
Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Nicholas Anderson, MD

Sleep Medicine

Director, Sleep and Insomnia Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine,
University of Hawai`i John Burns School of Medicine

Janette Abramowitz, M.D.


Research Faculty, Brain Mapping Lab, Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs
Residency: Combined Neurology & Psychiatry University of Massachusetts Medical School Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Paul Smith, M.D.

Lifestyle Medicine

Director, Self Care & Wellness Center
Sub-investigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Chris Larrinaga, ARPN-BC, MSN, CNRN

Neurology, Neuroscience

Sleep Medicine
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

L. Nicole Little, PA-C, PhD

Neurology, Neuroscience

Headache & Facial Pain
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

Nicole Evans, PA-C

Neurology, Neuroscience

Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

Qing X. Li PhD

Basic Science, Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu

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