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This Week@WesternU, April 16-20, 2012

by Rodney Tanaka

April 16, 2012

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East West Scholarship Dinner

Western University of Health Sciences’ sixth annual East West Scholarship Dinner will take place Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Hilton San Gabriel, 225 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, Calif. 91776. Reception and registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7:30 p.m. Click here to read the full story.

Click here to visit the East West Scholarship Dinner website.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships.

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic, benefiting the University Scholarship Fund, will be held on June 18, 2012 at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. Golf Ball Drop from the driving range will happen at 11:45. The owner of the golf ball that lands in the hole or closest to the pin will be the winner of the 50/50 prize. The Hole-in-One prize is a 2012 Cadillac, sponsored by Symes Cadillac of Pasadena. Reception dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event.

Cost is $175 per golfer or $700 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 11, 2012.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Susan Terrazas at 909-706-3476, email, or Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495, email

Click here to view the website.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Tools of the Trade

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, representatives from the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce presented a check for more than $16,000 to COMP-Northwest for the “Tools of the Trade” program. The donation will equip incoming students from the Class of 2016 with medical bags, which is the second installment of a four-year agreement to connect new students to the Lebanon business community. Lebanon Chamber Board of Directors President Carol Cromwell, COMP-Northwest Executive Associate Dean Paula Crone, DO, and five medical students who received the first installment of medical bags in July 2011, attended the event.

Kudos on accomplishments

Marek Malecki, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Genetic, Genomics, and Gene Therapy, and a panel of internationally recognized experts just published a series of lectures on the leading edge of early molecular diagnosis of cancer including Next Generation of Sequencing on DVD. Molecular Med TRI-CON Conference: CTCs from Bench to Bed. Click here for more details.

Vanessa Graff, MSMS ’12, and Mathew Wedel of COMP and CPM presented talks at Cal Paleo 2012, the California Paleontology Symposium, at UC Riverside on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Graff’s talk was titled, “Evaluating hypotheses of neck support in sauropod dinosaurs,” and Wedel’s talk was, “What pneumaticity tells us about sauropods, and vice versa.”

A paper published by Dr. Wedel and colleagues in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica earned an Honorable Mention from the journal for Most Cited Paper in 2010. The paper, “Head and neck posture in sauropod dinosaurs inferred from extant animals,” is freely available for download at

Dr. Wedel is second author on a new paper published this week in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, titled, “The early evolution of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in sauropodomorph dinosaurs.” The paper is freely available for download at

From the Western Diabetes Institute:

Kudos on accomplishments

Radha Sarma, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FASE, Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease for the Western Diabetes Institute and COMP, has been accepted as a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE). Fellowship with the American Society of Echocardiography recognizes the dedicated ASE member with a diverse set of skills and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of echocardiography. Click here to read more from the American Society of Echocardiography website.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

The DPT students raised more than $1,500 from their 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. About 100 persons attended the event and 60 persons participated in the WesternU run/walk that was coordinated by Natalie Forsberg, DPT ’12, and held recently at Red Hill Park in Rancho Cucamonga. Assistant Professor Laurie Layton, PT, DPT, CSCS, joined the 35 DPT students who were also present as runners/walkers. For the past 23 years, students at PT and PTA schools nationwide have made an impact on physical therapy research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Challenge. To date, students have raised more than $2 million to support the Foundation’s doctoral and research grants, and currently over 30 schools across the country have pledged to participate in this year’s Challenge.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Janice Hoffman has been awarded the Fellowship of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (FASCP). This is a special honor recognizing pharmacists who meet the highest standards in Senior Care Pharmacy and have demonstrated an extraordinary level of service and dedication in professional practice activities. Click here for more information from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists website.

Dr. Sheryl Chow was coauthor of a Key Article published in Pharmacotherapy: Finks SW, Airee A, Chow SL, Macaulay TE, Moranville M, Rogers KC, Trujillo TC. Key Articles of Dietary Intervention that Influence Cardiovascular Mortality. Pharmacotherapy 2012;32(4):e54-e87.

Dr. Quang Le was invited to be on the editorial board for the health services research section of the new journal, “Advances in Breast Cancer Research.”

Congratulations to Dr. Kabir Lutfy on his most recent publication: Lutfy K, Aimiuwu O, Mangubat M, Shi C-S, Nerio N, Gomez R, Liu Y and Friedman TC. Nicotine stimulates secretion of corticosterone via both CRH and AVP receptors. Journal of Neurochemistry (2012) 120: 1108-1116. Click here to view the article.

Dr. Micah Hata and the CORE (Community Pharmacy Research and Education) group of community pharmacy faculty in the College published the following article: Micah Hata, Roger Klotz, Rick Sylvies, Karl Hess, Emmanuelle Schwartzman, James Scott, and Anandi V. Law. Medication Therapy Management Services Provided by Student Pharmacists. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2012; 76 (3) Article 51. CORE’s mission is “advance community pharmacy practice to improve patient outcomes and pharmacist professional recognition.” Although CORE has had a couple abstracts and grants through collaborative work at CORE, this is the first publication that was collectively worked on, focused on MTM in our Advanced Elective. This article appears in a Special Issue on Experiential Education by AJPE and was one of seven selected from 70 proposals.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was co-author of a Special Article in Archives of Internal Medicine; which was also featured in the Editorial for the same Issue.

Editorial: Evidence of Pharmaceutical Innovation and Therapeutic Enthusiasm: Strategies for Patent Extension, Bruce M. Psaty; Rita F. Redberg. Arch Intern Med Published online April 9, 2012. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.382

Article: Avoidance of Generic Competition by Abbott Laboratories’ Fenofibrate Franchise. Nicholas S. Downing; Joseph S. Ross; Cynthia A. Jackevicius; Harlan M. Krumholz. Arch Intern Med Published online April 9, 2012. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.187

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Assistant Professor Dr. Paul Gordon-Ross was one of the organizers of a session at the annual meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The AAVMC session titled “Beyond the White Walls” was intended to address the emerging issue in veterinary education of extensive off-campus clinical education. Dr. Gordon-Ross’s presentation was titled: “External Clinical Education Settings Student Leaning and Assessment.”

Veterinary Professor and equine internist Dr. Joe Bertone was an invited speaker at the “Equine Affaire” in Columbus, Ohio last week. The “Equine Affaire” events are billed as North America’s Premiere Equine Expositions & Equestrian Gatherings. A similar event has been held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California for the past 11 years. These national equestrian expositions provide owners, trainers and enthusiasts with training, demonstrations and continuing education in the care and management of horses. Dr. Bertone presented two sessions titled: “Understanding EHV1 Separating rumor from Reality” and “Latest insights into managing laminitis.”

Open House

The College of Veterinary Medicine will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 on the WesternU Esplanade. Click here to view the Open House website. Click here for more information.

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