COMP-Northwest reaches full enrollment

Tomorrow’s osteopathic physicians will encounter a host of distractions on their journey to improving health care, but must stay focused so that they become the health care leaders their communities expect and need.

That was the message on Saturday, August 2, 2014, from Oregon State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger as she gave the keynote address at the fourth Convocation and White Coat Ceremony for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest. COMP-Northwest is the Oregon campus of the Pomona, Calif.-based College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), one of nine colleges comprising Western University of Health Sciences.

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Ice Cream Social

WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, and his wife Harriet Pumerantz, hosted first-year WesternU students at the annual President’s Ice Cream Social Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Pomona, California.

Students were able to spend a few moments with Dr. and Mrs. Pumerantz, as well as Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Bond, DO, and his wife Elizabeth, while also getting to know classmates, faculty and staff in an informal setting.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Robyn Dreibelbis, Dr. Emmanuel Katsaros, Dr. Janice Blumer and Dr. Rebecca Giusti recently completed the 2014 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP). CAAMP is a top-notch interprofessional leadership and management course designed specifically for department chairs and academic administrators within colleges and schools of the health professions.

Click here (http://webassets.westernu.edu/westernu-news/docs/CAAMP-2014-Press-Release.pdf) to read more about the program.

Dr. Mihai Covasa, Dr. Li Zhong and Dr. Sebastien Fuchs of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences published the following peer reviewed articles in World Journal of Gasteroenterology and Journal of American Society of Nephrology, respectively:

Zhong L, Zhang X, Covasa M (2014) Emerging roles of lactic acid bacteria in protection against colorectal cancer. World J Gastroenterol. 228:7878-7886.

Giani JF, Janjulia T, Kamat N, Seth DM, Blackwell WL, Shah KH, Shen ZS, Fuchs S, Delpire E, Toblli JE, Bernstein KE, McDonough AA and Gonzalez-Villalobos RA. Renal Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Is Essential for the Hypertension Induced by Nitric Oxide Synthesis Inhibition. Journal of American Society of Nephrology (JASN) 2014 [Epub 2014 Jul 10].

From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

WesternU professor develops blood test for Alzheimer’s disease risk

A team of scientists, led by Western University of Health Sciences Professor Doug Ethell, PhD, has developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease risk that may lead to earlier detection and the development of Alzheimer’s disease interventions, according to an article published July 29, 2014.

“”Alzheimer’s disease is a puzzle, and this study represents one of several pieces that have locked into place for us over the past couple of years,”” Ethell said.

The study, “”Women with the Alzheimer’s risk marker ApoE4 lose A