From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP students author textbook chapter

Three College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) students wrote a chapter in The Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery, published by CRC Press and edited by Babak Kateb and John D. Heiss.

COMP Dean Paula Crone, DO, congratulated the students – second-year student Houman Badrzadeh, DO ’17, and third-year students Michelle Knosp, DO ’16, and Peyman Tashkandi, DO ’16 — and presented them with commendations.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Thirty-two COMP-Northwest students assisted in health screenings as part of the 13th Annual Asian Community Health Fair in Portland on Aug. 16. John T. Pham, DO, Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, organized the COMP-Northwest student-volunteers for the event. Medical students tested patients’ glucose and cholesterol levels, took blood pressure readings, performed physical exams and BMI testing, and provided consultations.

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Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), Lebanon, Oregon was invited and chaired two symposiums in Beijing, China for the International Federation of Anatomical Associations, IFAA (convenes every five years). The two symposiums addressed Oral Maxillofacial Surgical Anatomy and Anatomy in Sports Medicine. Both had speakers from around the world who were experts in their field. He also provided two oral platform presentations on “”The Temporamandibular joint and a novel international classification of subcondyler fractures”” and “”Scapulodyskinesis requires knowledge of Scapulothoracic, and Scapulohumeral rhythm.””

Dr. Benninger was invited as a voting delegate for the IFAA, providing an opportunity to discuss the direction, innovation and vision of anatomy education in health care.

Adam Burch (OMSII), Matthew Noble (OMSII), Lyman Wood (OMSI), and Dr. Benninger gave their award-winning research as platform presentations at the recent Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon conference Aug. 17. The presentations covered clinical head and neck, abdomen, and lower limb issues. All projects integrated ultrasound and Google Glass.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU receives grant to help horses suffering from crippling disease

Western University of Health Sciences has received a grant from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF) to support clinical research on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for horses suffering from chronic laminitis, a potentially crippling disease of the feet in horses.

College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Assistant Professor Babak Faramarzi, DVM, will conduct the study with the assistance of noted equine acupuncture specialist Kevin May, DVM.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Lyon Lee published a short communication he co-authored with a group of collaborators including Dr. Changbaig Hyun, veterinary cardiologist at Kangwon National University, and Dr. Janet Han, equine internal medicine specialist, Western University of Health Sciences CVM, in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. The article is titled “”Cardiopulmonary and anesthetic effects of the combination of butorphanol, midazolam and alfaxalone in Beagle dogs.”” It can be accessed at:

Dr. Lee published a research article he co-authored with a group of collaborators including Drs. Wongyun Son, veterinary anesthesia resident, and Inhyung Lee, large animal surgeon at Seoul National University, in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. The article is titled “”The effect of epidural injection speed on epidural pressure and distribution of solution in anesthetized dogs.”” It can be accessed at:

From the College of Pharmacy:

College of Pharmacy has banner research awards year

Faculty members from the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Western University of Health Sciences received research awards totaling more than $2.4 million during the 2013-14 academic year, making significant advances in securing coveted extramural funds, including funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Kudos on accomplishments

The journal Medicine has appointed Fadi Khasawneh, PhD, as an Academic Editor. Dr. Khasawneh will supervise the review and adjudication of manuscripts submitted to his area of expertise and help communicate the results of peer review to facilitate the revision of the submitted manuscripts. Medicine is a Wolters Kluwer Health publication and is one of the most respected and frequently cited journals in general medicine. Medicine is a Medicus/MedLine/PubMed indexed journal, with an impact factor of 4.867 as reported in the 2014 ISI Journal Citation Reports (ranking 15th out of 150 general & internal medicine titles).

Dr. Arezoo Campbell’s lab has published an article based on her MSPS student, Tony Lung’s thesis work. This work was in collaboration with The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Netherlands: Lung S, Cassee FR, Gosens I, Campbell A.

Brain suppression of AP-1 by inhaled diesel exhaust and reversal by cerium oxide nanoparticles.( Inhal Toxicol. 2014 Aug;26(10):636-641.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Timothy Martinez and Jenny Sun Tjahjono will present “”Incorporating Dental Education for Primary Care through Interprofessional Collaborative Practice,”” at the 2015 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition program on March 7-10, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The contributors to this project are Brooke Bodart from the Center for Oral Health, Marc Bernardo and Drs. Yawen Peng, Bertha Alarcon and Effuah Harris from CDM, and Elizabeth Maugh from the College of Allied Health Professions.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

WesternU to host softball games against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

The Physical Therapy Department at Western University of Health Sciences will host a double-header softball game against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) on Oct. 4, 2014.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Games will be at 4 and 7 p.m. at San Manuel Stadium, 280 South E. St., San Bernardino, California – home of the Inland Empire 66ers minor league baseball team.

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Department of Health Sciences News

An excellent continuing education event will be presented by the

Southern California Society for Public Health Education ( (SOPHE) board members at WesternU. The lecture will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 in the Health Professions Center (HPC), Bartlett Theater. The cost is $20 for SOPHE members and $25 for non-members. Sign-up today with the link provided below and tell all of your friends and fellow Health Science colleagues of this great opportunity.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Four humors

The Pumerantz Library will have on exhibit “”And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors”” from Aug. 4 to Sept. 12, 2014. This traveling exhibit by the National Library of Medicine details how the four humors – blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm – influenced The Bard’s plays. For more information please view the

Library’s news and events blog.

From University Advancement:

Win $50 for saying what “”The WesternU Way”” means to you

Please join WesternU on social media and answer the question “”What does the ‘WesternU Way’ mean to you?”” for a chance to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. We will highlight a select number of responses in the WesternU calendar.

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Alumni news

WesternU Alumni Day on Aug. 9 brought 16 alumni and guests to the Pomona campus. They took a campus tour and meet with current students and the President, then enjoyed the President’s Welcome Lunch and Vendor Faire.

The DO Class of 2004 held a 10-Year Reunion Luncheon at Tortilla Jo’s restaurant at Downtown Disney on Aug. 10. More than 70 people attended, including 32 class members, their families and University staff.

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