JABSOM BioScience Building


The JABSOM Tropical Medicine Clinical (TMC) Laboratory was established in April 2020 to support Hawaiʻi COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. As part of a public university, the laboratory aims to:

  • Focus in particular on serving homeless and uninsured individuals that face unique barriers to accessing COVID-19 testing. 
  • Augment existing in-state testing capacity to respond to COVID-19 surge periods and support rapid contact tracing and isolation of infected individuals.
  • Integrate diagnostic testing and research to develop less invasive and more cost effective approaches to COVID-19 testing.
  • Identify patterns and levels of COVID-19 exposure through broad population antibody testing and other methods to inform efficient and specific policy responses.

A robust testing program will serve as the backbone of an effective coronavirus disease COVID-19 pandemic response strategy for many months to come. Establishing widespread testing, tracking, and isolating of COVID-19 cases is a critical next step in any plans to gradually loosen social isolation policies while also safeguarding public health.  

News and Updates

Researchers at JABSOM seek COVID-19 patients for clinical trial with blood pressure drug

June 10, 2020 in JABSOM NEWS, UH Med Now HONOLULU—Researchers at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii (UH) announce that they have opened the first outpatient clinical trial in Hawaii ...
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Experts: Reopening tourism without requiring visitors to get tested could trigger ‘disaster’

By Ashley Nagaoka, June 8, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaii News Now) HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group of UH experts is warning the state that opening up to mainland tourism without required testing before travel ...
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Should Hawaii test inbound travelers?

Sunday, June 7, 2020 | By István Szapudi and Marguerite Butler Now that Hawaii’s people have “crushed the curve” with early emergency lockdown, all eyes are on the return to normal. Lockdown, while effective, comes ...
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