UH Cancer Center Researcher Receives $20,000 Fulbright Award

Gertraud Maskarinec, MD, PhD, a researcher in the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology Program, has received a $20,000 Fulbright Award. It will enable her to research the relation of obesity, type 2 diabetes and breast cancer in Caucasian and Asian women.

Gertraud Maskarinec, MD, PhD

The research will address the global health problems of obesity, diabetes and breast cancer. As a nutritional epidemiologist, Maskarinec will perform comparative research using new statistical methods for six weeks at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland; one month at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, U.K.; and six weeks at the Research Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. In addition she will give lectures and seminars in the area of her research, in particular nutritional epidemiology and ethnic differences in disease risk.

“No greater example of the continued importance of international education can be found than in the determination and drive of our 2017-18 grantees. These students, academics and professionals have identified the relevance of intercultural cooperation to their careers,” said Amy Moore, director of the Fulbright Awards Program.

The Fulbright Commission provides awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. The commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process, looking for academic excellence alongside a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright program and a plan to give back to the U.S. upon returning.

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