Jerris R. Hedges, MD, MS, MMM, Professor and Dean of JABSOM, served as the PI of the RCTR (RMATRIX) (U54MD007584) in 2010–2013 and as MPI following the renewal in 2014 to the present. Prior to this, he oversaw the RCMI Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative (RCRII) (P20RR11091). Formerly, as Vice Dean of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, he contributed to the development of the institution’s initial CTSA. As a physician specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Hedges has a strong background in clinical medicine, having served as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at OHSU for 7 years. He has been the lead-site investigator on several multi-center NIH-funded grants and, most recently, served as the Portland PI for the NHLBI Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (U01HL77873). His long history of clinical and translational research, mentorship and leadership in emergency medicine led to his election to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2000. If the U54 RCMI is funded, he will transition from his RMATRIX PI role, but continue as a Senior Advisor.
Noreen Mokuau, MSW, DSW, Professor Emerita and former Dean of the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health, has served as MPI of NIMHD RMATRIX (U54MD007584) from 2014-2019 and of Ola HAWAII since 2017. She is nationally recognized for her work with underrepresented minority populations, with a focus on social justice, health equity, and cultural competence, with special attention to Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian populations. As the inaugural co-chair of the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment in Aging and former co-principal investigator of Hā Kūpuna – (National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders), much of her research has emphasized Native Hawaiian elders. A current book project uses storytelling as a qualitative method with Native Hawaiian elders in order to identify ancestral practices for health and social justice.
Ben Fogelgren, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology is the Program Director (PD) of Ola HAWAII. Dr. Fogelgren began his research career as a graduate student in an RCMI-funded laboratory, and is now an R01-funded investigator (R01DK117308) with a research interest in kidney diseases. Dr. Fogelgren also is a Scientific Advisor on the Steering Committee for the University of Hawaii’s IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE IV, P20GM103466), and has been involved with University of Hawaii NIGMS-funded Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (P20GM103457, P20GM139753). As the Ola HAWAII PD, Dr. Fogelgren works operationally with the Ola HAWAII Program Coordinator and serves as the main liaison between the Ola HAWAII Administrative Core and the Core Directors.
David Easa, MD, an Emeritus Professor and American Lung Association Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics with nearly 40 years of clinical research experience, is the Senior Advisor (SA) for Ola HAWAII. He previously served as Director of Neonatology at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children for over 25 years, and as the Program Director for the RCRII Clinical Researh Center in 2000–2013. Importantly, he has been involved in most of the large NIH program grants at JABSOM over the past 22 years.
Susan Ordinado, BA, is the Ola HAWAII Program Administrator. Ms. Ordinado has served as the Project Coordinator for the Clinical Center for Research Excellence (CCRE), called the Pacific Center for Early Human Development, in 2005–2008. She then served as the Project Coordinator for the RTRN Research Coordinating Center in 2008–2011, and subsequently as the Program Administrator for the G12 RCMI from 2011 to the present.
Bradley Jones, PhD, Senior Technical Specialist is responsible for general IT services for Ola HAWAII. Dr. Jones will be responsible for developing and maintaining an informational web-site for Ola HAWAII, as well as manage the on-line research and pilot project application process developed in RedCap. Dr. Jones provides technical expertise and programming for development of both the backend and frontend components of Ola HAWAII’s information technology needs.