Hawaii to Zero Visionaries

Dr.Shikuma Cecilia Shikuma , MD
Principal Investigator, Director, Hawaii Center for AIDS
Edwin C Cadman Endowed ChairProfessor, Medicine
Cecilia M. Shikuma MD is Director of the Hawaii Center for AIDS, a University of Hawaii Board of Regents’ approved Center of Excellence for HIV research, training and care. She is also Professor of Medicine and the Edwin C. Cadman Endowed Chair, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM). She received both her BS and MD from UHM, and completed her Infectious Disease fellowship at the Los Angeles County (LAC) – University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center. She is the recipient of numerous HIV-related research grants from the National Institute of Health focused on research in various chronic non-infectious complications of HIV including lipodystrophy, cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and HIV associated dementia.


lishLishomwa Ndhlovu MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine 
Investigator, Hawaii Center for AIDS 

Lishomwa Ndhlovu MD, PhD is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Tropcial Medicine and Investigator in the Hawaii Center for AIDS at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. He completed his PhD in Immunology at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, an HIV Immunology postdoctoral fellowship at San Francisco General Hospital – University of California, San Francisco through support from a Human Immunology Fellowship, before joining the faculty at UCSF and moving to the University of Hawaii. Identifying a successful cure for HIV infection and end the HIV epidemic disaster is a major challenge faced by the HIV research community worldwide. His research Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases focuses on understanding how HIV affects the immune system and how this will inform on strategies to prevent, slow or eliminate HIV infection and optimize quality of life outcomes. Dr. Ndhlovu has received several HIV related funding awards and grants including the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNHIR) award presented by Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel laureate and HIV co discoverer. He currently serves as the prinicipal investigator on a 5 year – National Institutes of Health funded R01 to investigate HIV reservoirs and inflammation in the central nervous system.


Bruce Shiramizu, MD 
Professor in the Departments of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pediatrics
Dr. Bruce Shiramizu, Professor in the Departments of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology; and Pediatrics at JABSOM, is a physician in the Clint Spencer Clinic (CSC). He received his MD from the University of Utah and trained at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. He works with the other CSC physicians and physicians from the community in the anal cancer screening program. He oversees a clinical translational laboratory at JABSOM in research focused on HIV-associated diseases and complications.