Vision and health seminar to be held at WesternU

The community is invited to a free vision and health seminar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Western University of Health Sciences, Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766.

The seminar, presented by the Foundation Fighting Blindness and WesternU, will feature valuable information on macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, stem cell research, dental health, diabetes, pharmacy, podiatric medicine and vision rehabilitation.

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From the Patient Care Center:

Backpack giveaway

As children head back to school after the summer break, the Eye Care Center (ECC) at Western University of Health Sciences reminds parents that good vision is critical to learning.

The ECC is giving away a limited number of backpacks filled with school supplies as an incentive to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye examination. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

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Medication disposal event

The Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences wants to help you remove unused or outdated medications from your home. The Pharmacy will hold a free medication disposal event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The Pharmacy is on the first floor of WesternU’s Patient Care Center, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. Click here to view a flier.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Approximately 20 COMP-Northwest students assisted in health screenings as part of the 12th Annual Asian Community Health Fair in Portland on Aug. 17. John T. Pham, DO, assistant professor for the Department of Family Medicine, organized the student-volunteers for the event. Medical students tested patients’ glucose and cholesterol levels, took blood pressure readings, screened patients for hepatitis B, and provided consultations. Third-year medical students performed breast exams. COMP-Northwest students were accompanied by nursing and medical students from Oregon Health & Science University and optometry students from Pacific University. The health fair was sponsored by the Asian Health and Science Center.

COMP-Northwest will host a CME on Oct. 18-20, 2013 on Strain/CounterStrain, led by Ed Goering, DO. The conference, which is co-sponsored by the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO), may provide physicians with up to 20 hours of CME credits. To register, or for more information, visit, or click here to view a flier.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, will be a speaker at the upcoming meeting of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at the USC Health Sciences Campus. Representing a faculty role from WesternU, Dr. Chaney is one of six speakers for the presentation titled “Expert Panel for Students and New Professionals.”

From the College of Pharmacy:


Click here to read the Summer 2013 edition of RxBound, the College of Pharmacy’s official magazine.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Quang Le has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal: Medical Decision Making for the 2014-16 term. This journal ranks among the top in Health Outcomes behind Health Affairs and Medical Care; with acceptance rates running around 18 percent.

Professor Roger Klotz has been selected as a reviewer to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMSI) Health Care Innovation Awards. The Innovation Center tests new payment and service delivery models that will reduce costs while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for beneficiaries in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The second round of these awards will provide as much as $1 billion in funding for projects that develop new payment and service delivery models in Four Innovation Categories.

Dr. Peter Oelschlaeger and his collaborators published the article: Monti S, Corozzi A, Fristrup P, Joshi KL, Shin YK, Oelschlaeger P, van Duin AC, Barone V Exploring the conformational and reactive dynamics of biomolecules in solution using an extended version of the glycine reactive force field. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2013, 15, 15062

Dr. Brad Andresen, MSPS Student Jenny Nguyen, College of Pharmacy Lab Technician Tammy Liu and their collaborators published an article: Erickson CE, Gul R, Blessing CP, Nguyen J, Liu T, et al. (2013) The β-blocker Nebivolol Is a GRK/β-arrestin Biased Agonist. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71980. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071980 Link to Article

From University Advancement:

Alumni News

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the WesternU Alumni Association hosted the MSPA Class of 2003 10-Year Reunion at The Yard House in Brea, Calif. Thirty people were in attendance as classmates reconnected with one another over food and drinks in a lively atmosphere.

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