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This Week@WesternU, April 15-19, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

April 15, 2019

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Ray Symposium

The 2019 Ray Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 18 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. The lecture will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., with a reception to follow. The lecture will be live streamed to Lecture Hall I in Lebanon.

Keynote speaker Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, will present “Addressing the Future of Health in America: Diversity, Racism and Health Disparities.” Among his many titles and roles, Dr. Laurencin is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences and Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

The Ray Symposium is presented by the College of Pharmacy, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Interprofessional Education Program.

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WesternU to play key role in free mega-clinic

Care Harbor, a longtime annual free clinic event based in Los Angeles, is coming to Pomona, California for the first time April 27-28, 2019, providing free medical, dental, vision and preventative care to thousands of underserved and underinsured residents in eastern Los Angeles and San Bernardino County communities.

Western University of Health Sciences will play a large role at Care Harbor Fairplex, with hundreds of faculty, staff and students volunteering in medical, vision, dental, pharmacy, podiatry, and — new this year — veterinary medicine services. Fairplex is at 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP student the first from WesternU accepted to NIH Medical Research Scholars Program
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific student Fady Guirguis is the first WesternU student to be selected for a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program. 

NIH’s Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) attracts the brightest talent from across the country. Medical, dental and veterinary students live on the intramural campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland and conduct basic, clinical or translational research for one year. 

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Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Thierra K. Nalley of COMP was a co-author on a poster at the Experimental Biology 2019 annual conference in Orlando, Florida (April 6-9, 2019). The poster was titled “3D Analysis of Primate Neck Anatomy using Contrast-Enhanced CT Imaging, Fascicle-Tracking Algorithms, and Muscle Mechanics.”


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
The team of Dean Michel Baudry recently published several manuscripts: Heysieattalab, S., Lee, K.-H., Liu, Y., Wang, Y., Foy, M.R., Bi, X. and Baudry, M. Impaired cerebellar plasticity and eye-blink conditioning in calpain-1 knock-out mice. Neurobiol Learning and Memory. Feb 5. pii: S1074-7427(19)30015-2. (2019).

Liu, Y., Johe, K., Sun, J., Hao, X., Wang, Y., Bi, X. and Baudry, M. Enhancement of synaptic plasticity and reversal of impairments in motor and cognitive functions in a mouse model of Angelman Syndrome by a small neurogenic molecule, NSI-189. Neuropharmacology, 144: 337-344, 2019.

Wang, Y. and Baudry, M. Acute cerebellar slice preparation using a tissue chopper. Bioprotocol, 9 (5) DOI:10.21769/BioProtoc.3187. 2019.

Baudry, M. Calpain-1 and calpain-2 in the brain: Dr. Jekill and Mr. Hyde. Current Neuropharmacol. Feb 27. doi: 10.2174/1570159X17666190228112451. [Epub ahead of print] 2019.

Dean Baudry is also an invited speaker at the 9th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Washington, D.C., May 16-17, 2019. The title of his talk is “Calpain-2: A new Target for Neurodegeneration.”

GCBS Assistant Professor Jessie Atterholt, PhD, and COMP Associate Professor Mathew Wedel, PhD, participated in the Inland Empire Science Festival at the Western Science Center in Hemet April 13. Dr. Atterholt hosted The Lady Anatomica’s Comparative Anatomy Pop-Up Museum, featuring specimens from her own comparative anatomy collection (Instagram: @theladyanatomica). Dr. Wedel shared information about his research and held a book signing for several of his books, including The Sauropod Dinosaurs and the recently-published Totally Amazing Facts About Dinosaurs.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Chow provided a webinar as part an eLearning module with the American Heart Association titled: HeartBEATS from Lifelong Learning™ Heart Failure Guidelines Series: Episode 3. The CME webinar focuses on the 2017 heart failure guidelines in diagnosis and management, and employing the guidelines in education of healthcare professionals.

College of Pharmacy activities at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting March 22-25, 2019 in Seattle, Wash.:

Dr. Jason Wong presented a poster with several WesternU student pharmacists. Wong J, Kang E, Kwok M, Ly T. Striving for Equity: Overview of Scholarships Availability for Minority Students Across Pharmacy Schools in the United States.

Dr. Eric Gupta served on the APhA Policy Reference Committee, and as a Delegate for California.

Dr. Anandi Law had three posters presented involving several PPAD faculty and post-doctoral trainees. Sun Lee, Yuna Bae-Shaaw, Hyma Gogineni, Marcia Worley, Anandi V. Law. Modified Drug Adherence Work-up (M-DRAW) Checklist: Identifying and Addressing Medication Adherence Among Patients with Diabetes at a Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic.

Neelou Fakourar, David Essi, Emmanuelle Schwartzman, Anandi V. Law. Patient-Level Accountability in Medication Adherence: Validating an Accountability Tool.

Cindy Chau, David Essi, Hong Nguyen, Micah Hata, Anandi V. Law. Impact of Adherence Goal Awareness on Adherence to STAR Rated Medications and on Patient Commitment.

Dr. Anandi Law also served on and attended the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Editorial Advisory Board Meeting.


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