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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East West Scholarship Dinner

The 13th annual East West Scholarship Dinner will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Hilton San Gabriel, 225 West Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel, Calif. 91776. Reception and registration begins at 6:30 p.m. The dinner and program begins at 7:30 p.m. College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Professor Alan Cundari, DO ’85, MSHPE ’92, will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Proceeds from the dinner provide for WesternU student scholarships.

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Health Sciences Day

More than 130 high school students from the Inland Empire participated in the second annual Health Sciences Day on Wednesday, April 3, hosted by Western University of Health Sciences and Reach Out.

Health Sciences Day was organized by WesternU College of Health Sciences students taking the Program Implementation course in the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) Community Health Education (CHE) Track in partnership with Reach Out. The goal was to provide a hands-on platform for high school students to explore what WesternU has to offer in various health care careers.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

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Dr. Thierra K. Nalley of COMP presented a poster at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio March 27-30, 2019. The poster was titled “The Blood Must Flow: Vertebral Artery Size Relative to Transverse Foramen Size in the Tarsier Cervical Spine.”

Dr. Nalley also co-authored the posters “Head and Neck Range of Motion and its Relation to Cervical Vertebral Morphology in Primates” and “Using Novel 3D Techniques to Visualize and Quantify Primate Neck Anatomy.”

Dr. Nalley co-authored a podium presentation at the AAPA conference titled “A nearly complete lower back of Australopithecus sediba.”

Dr. Jeremiah E. Scott of COMP also attended and authored a poster presentation at the AAPA annual meeting. The poster was titled “Trophic Shifts, Diversification, and the Adaptive Origins of Primates.”

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, taught an all-day mixed simulation and cadaver medical skills CME course on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the annual State of Jefferson EMS conference. COMP-Northwest students Marcus Pearson and William Maloney helped facilitate the course. Click here to read more.



From WesternU Health:

Clinical trials at WesternU Health – Pomona
SURPASS-4 Study: What’s missing from your type 2 diabetes management? If you’re looking for a different way to manage your A1c levels, the SURPASS-4 Study may interest you. We’re recruiting adults for a clinical research study of a once-a-week study drug for type 2 diabetes, and you may be able to take part. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

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SELECT: Have you ever had a heart attack or stroke? Do you have poor circulation? Have you considered participating in a clinical study? Research has shown that treatment with semaglutide may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in people with type 2 diabetes. In a study called SELECT, we will check to see if semaglutide reduces the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in people with overweight or obesity. Click here to read more.

GAZELLE: Living with type 1 diabetes? Consider the GAZELLE study. If you are an adult between ages 18 and 65 living with type 1 diabetes, you may be eligible to take part in the GAZELLE clinical research trial. This trial will look at an investigational fast-acting insulin to see if it works as effectively as an existing fast-acting insulin already being used to treat diabetes. Trial-related medications, procedures, equipment and supplies will be provided at no cost; health insurance is not required to participate.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

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CVM recipients of the Innovations Champions Awards were announced at the Executive Leadership Development workshop March 28. Receiving an award were Associate Professor Pedro Diniz, Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi, and Professor Beth Boynton.



From the College of Optometry:

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College of Optometry Assistant Professor Naveen Yadav, BS(H) Optom, MS, PhD, FAAO, published the following: Ciuffreda KJ, Tannen B, Yadav NK, Ludlam DP. Advanced Neuro-Optometric Diagnostic Tests for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion: A Narrative Review, Proposed Techniques and Protocols. Vision Development & Rehabilitation, 2019: 5 (1):19-30. This paper is mainly focused upon an advanced level of care of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Thus, a comprehensive set of advanced, diagnostic vision tests of a sensory and motor nature is proposed, with all having a clinical and scientific rationale. These tests have been used by the authors for many years, with good success and providing important clinical insights into this population.