Hawai`i Welcomes Back the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

aaoms1The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is back in Hawai`i this week for their 96th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions & Exhibition.

This year’s conference is held in conjunction with the Japanese Society and the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.


Hawai`i Welcomes Back the National Medical Association

nmaMore than 2,000 physicians and healthcare professionals from across the U.S. will convene at the Hawai`i Convention Center for the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual convention and scientific assembly from August 2-6.  This is the third time the NMA will be holding its conference at the Center.

This year’s conference, which includes seminars and demonstrations addressing critical medical concerns, will cover issues related to men and women’s health, community medicine, evidence-based stress reduction, and more.

Founded in 1895, the NMA is the nation’s oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of more than 35,000 African American physicians and their patients.  The NMA repeatedly advocates for policies that would assure equitable and quality health care for all people.

American Podiatric Medical Association Brings 2,000 to Hawai`i


More than 2,000 physicians and medical specialists will gather at the Hawai`i Convention Center for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) annual scientific meeting from July 24-27 to share breakthrough research and cutting-edge clinical knowledge in podiatric medicine. The organization last held its conference in Hawai`i in 2008.

The diverse programming at this year’s meeting includes sessions on the impact of marathon running, use of stem cells to treat diabetic wounds, general pediatrics, sports medicine, and more. A debate will also be held to discuss minimalist versus traditional running shoes.

The APMA is the nation’s leading professional organization for podiatrists. For more information, visit www.apma.org.


Hawai`i’s Economy Benefiting From Annual Convention of American Psychological Association

american psychological association exhibit hall

American Psychological Association’s Exhibition

Starting today, one of Hawai`i’s largest meetings this year gets underway with the 121st American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, July 31 – August 4.

APA’s 2013 Annual Convention has brought 8,000 attendees to Hawai`i from throughout the world, representing all areas of specialization in psychology, from research, practice, education, and policy.

The APA Convention is a boon for Hawai`i’s economy this week, generating an estimated $37.8 million in visitor spending, $3.7 million in state tax revenue, and 64,320 booked room nights.  In addition, many attendees have brought family members along with them and are extending their stay in the islands, furthering the economic impact to Hawai`i’s visitor industry.  This marks the second time the Hawai`i Convention Center has hosted APA for its annual meeting, with the previous one taking place in 2004.

APA has a full convention schedule in place, with participants able to choose from more than 800 presentations, seminars, and continuing education sessions, as well as 80 networking events during the five-day conference.

The APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.  It’s the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students in its membership.  APA’s mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

American Association of Immunologists Celebrates 100 Years

AAI logoThe American Association of Immunologists (AAI) begins their Annual Meeting today in Honolulu, celebrating the AAI Centennial.  The Annual Meeting, called IMMUNOLOGY 2013™, runs from May 3-7.  Scientists from more than 40 countries are gathering to share and learn the latest developments in the field of immunology.

The Center’s Kamehameha Exhibit Hall features an illustrated centennial Timeline, chronicling the advances in immunology alongside key political and cultural events in world history over the last 100 years.

The AAI has a membership of over 7,600 scientists representing 65 countries.  It owns and publishes The Journal of Immunology, the largest and most highly cited journal in the field.

The Center welcomes the AAI!

Stroke Science Professionals in Hawai`i This Week

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Hawaii Convention Center’s lobby during the International Stroke Conference this week.

The Hawai`i Convention Center would like to welcome the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association – International Stroke Conference (ISC), here from February 6-8!

Stroke science has made great strides over the years due to these world renowned doctors, researchers, scientists, nurses, and other medical professionals.  Delegates from around the world are gathering here to discuss advances in such topics as stroke prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

An important and easy to remember acronym to help spot a stroke is “FAST”:

F = Face.  Look for facial drooping or numbness.  Can the person smile?

A = Arm.  Look for arm weakness or numbness.

S = Speech.  Is speech slurred?  Can the person speak or are they difficult to understand?

T = Time.  As in, time to call 911 if any of these symptoms are present.

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The Exhibit Hall is packed with Poster Presentations.

Mahalo Bob Hobart

Bob Hobart (center), pictured with the Hawai`i Convention Center team.

The Hawai`i Convention Center bids a warm aloha to Bob Hobart, who is retiring as vice president of corporate services with the American Medical Association (AMA).

He was presented with a commemorative surfboard from the Hawai`i Convention Center team on Nov. 14, 2012, while in Honolulu for the AMA Interim Meeting, held Nov. 8-10, 2012, at the Center.

Hawai`i Convention Center Celebrates “American Medical Association Week”

Celebrating “American Medical Association Week” are (left to right): AMA president Jeremy Lazarus, M.D., Gov. Neil Abercrombie, and Jeffrey Akaka, M.D. Photo credit: Kathleen Connelly and Psychiatric News.

American Medical Association (AMA) delegates gathered in Hawai`i last week for the AMA Interim Meeting from Nov. 8-10, 2012, at the Hawai`i Convention Center.  In honor of the meeting, Hawai`i Gov. Neil Abercrombie (center) presented a proclamation on Nov. 9, 2012, declaring “American Medical Association Week.”  AMA leadership, including Jeremy Lazarus, M.D., AMA president (left), and Jeffrey Akaka, M.D., part of the psychiatric delegation to the AMA (right), attended to accept the recognition.

The meeting is part of a strong year-end lineup of medical and scientific gatherings at the Hawai`i Convention Center.  From Oct. 7-12, 2012, the Pacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science drew a record 4,000 attendees.  In August, the Center hosted the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; in May more than 14,500 attendees gathered for the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) 112th Annual Session, and more than 1,000 attendees participated in the 31st Annual American Pain Society scientific meeting.  That follows on the heels of five major medical and scientific meetings at the Center in 2011 that attracted a combined 30,000 participants.  The Center will host the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference from Feb. 6-8, 2013.

American Pain Society Holds 31st Annual Scientific Meeting at the Hawai`i Convention Center

Attendees of the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting check in at the HCC lobby. Photo courtesy of Chuck Weber.

The American Pain Society (APS) drew more than 1,000 attendees to the Hawai`i Convention Center from May 16-19, 2012, for its 31st annual scientific meeting.  It is the first time the APS has held its annual meeting at the Hawai`i Convention Center, attracting participants from around the world, including Japan, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

The meeting offered an opportunity for pain management clinicians and researchers, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, basic scientists, pharmacists, and policy analysts, to learn more about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute pain, chronic cancer and non-cancer pain, and recurrent pain.  More than 40 in-depth workshops and plenary session talks were offered.

The meeting brought in an estimated $4.7 million in state revenue, with the Center’s hotel partners benefiting from more than 8,000 room nights.

“As the premier conference meeting for the multi-disciplinary pain care community, the American Pain Society’s annual scientific meeting enables attendees to interact with the best and the brightest in pain research and learn ways to translate scientific discoveries into clinical practice,” said APS President Seddon R. Savage, MD.  “Hawai`i has provided us with a top-notch location for our meeting.”

Headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, APS is the leading multi-disciplinary professional organization in the United States dedicated to advancing pain-related research, education, treatment, and team-oriented professional practice.  Learn more at www.ampainsoc.org.