Updated at 12:57 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2007
UH professor recognized for chronic-fatigue study
The National CFIDS Foundation awarded him with the 2007 Outstanding Researcher Award. His research was the first to find ciguatoxin, a potent neurotoxin, in the blood of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients.
Since announcing his discovery at a 2002 medical conference in Japan, Hokama secured an international blood permit so that millions of patients with the disease could get tested by the medical school.
Ciguatoxins are recognized as some of the most potent biological toxins.
The National CFIDS Foundation, Inc. was founded about 10 years ago with the primary goal of funding medical research to find a cause, expedite treatments and eventually a cure for the disease.