Full Project I: Identification of pro-inflammatory molecules involved in Areca nut carcinogenesis, by Jian Yang (UOG) and Reinhold Penner (UHCC). This project’s aim is to identify the active chemical components of Areca that mediate calcium signals in immunocytes and determine the molecular mechanisms by which calcium is mobilized in these cells.
Full Project II: The Betel Nut Intervention Trial (BENIT), by Yvette Paulino (UOG), John Moss (UOG) and Thadd Herzog (UHCC). This behavioral research study aims to understand betel nut chewing behavior and test the efficacy of an intensive group-based betel nut cessation program.
Pilot Project I: An Intervention to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening among Pacific Islanders Living in Guam (GU) and Hawaii (HI), by Lilnabeth Somera (UOG), Ana Joy Mendez (UOG) and Neal Palofox (UHCC). This project’s aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of community-based SMS strategies to increase cervical cancer screening rates in underserved Pacific Islander populations who have migrated to GU and HI within the last 5 years.