Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship

You’re invited to the 10th annual Pumerantz Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Health Education Center Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

The guest speaker is Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, Presence Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University.

This lectureship, in honor of WesternU’s founder and president emeritus, is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Elaine Sarkaria and the late Dr. Daljit Sarkaria of Orange, California. 

The lecture is free and open to all, and will be live streamed to the COMP-Northwest campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Click here for more information.



From University Advancement:

Alumni reunion
WesternU will hold an Alumni Reunion Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 on WesternU’s Pomona campus. All alumni are invited to attend as we also honor the classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Registration will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. A campus open house will run from 4 to 6 p.m. The program and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

Click here to visit the Alumni Reunion 2018 website: https://www.westernu.edu/AlumniReunion/#totop



From Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD):

LEAD Open House
LEAD will host an Open House from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in the Health Sciences Center, Room 101 (LEAD lobby) to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. We invite you to join a welcoming gathering for new and returning students. Please stop by for light refreshments, fun, and chance to meet new members of the WesternU family. Visit the LEAD Facebook page for more information.  



From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dalia Seleem, DDS, PhD, recently published a paper in a peer reviewed journal. The paper, titled “In Vivo Antifungal Activity of Monolaurin against Candida albicans Biofilms,” was published on August 1, 2018 in the Bulletins of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. Here are the links: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30068882




From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Anandi Law, her former fellow Dr. Sun Lee, and colleagues from Cedarville University and University of Illinois-Rockford published their work on redesigning Rx labels. Previously their labels have been shown to be preferred based on convenience, content and cosmetics; as well as comprehension and functional health literacy. The current multicenter study (CA, IL and OH) extends to observed action using a pillbox fill test with mixed results.  Sun Lee, Manorama M.Khare, Heidi R.Olson, Aleda M.H.Chen, Anandi V.Law. The TEACH trial: Tailored education to assist label comprehension and health literacy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2018, Pages 839-845. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.05.015

Dr. Benjamin Malcolm provided the “Pro” perspective in a point-counterpoint article on medical use of cannabis in hospitalized patients. Malcom (pro), Benjamin J; Murphy, Laura; Wong (con), Michael. Should Medical Cannabis Administered by Inhalation Be Allowed for Hospitalized Patients?. The Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, [S.l.], v. 71, n. 3, June 2018.

Dr. Jae Jin An and Dr. Quang Le published two articles along with APPE students Adrian Lau and Tracy Dang. An J, Le QA, Dang T. Association between Different Types of Comorbidity and Disease Burden in Patients with Diabetes. Journal of Diabetes, 2018 Jun 28. doi: 10.1111/1753-0407.12818. [Epub ahead of print]


An J, Lau A. Economic Evaluation of Patient-Centered Medical Homes Among Long-Term Cancer Survivors. Am J Manag Care. 2018;24(9):e000-e000 [Epub ahead of print]




From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Malika Kachani traveled to Kenya in July to set up a One Health Project as a result of University funding. The goal of this project is to evaluate the importance of diseases of people and their animals in the Masai Mara and implement control measures, using the One Health approach and the horizontal approach to disease control as recommended by the World Health Organization. Dr. Kachani worked with WesternU’s partners, the Meru University of Science and Technology, the Departments of Agriculture and Health and other local institutions. Additional WesternU faculty involved in the project are Dr. Maryam Othman (COMP) and Dr. Tona Melgarejo (CVM). Other WesternU faculty have been invited to collaborate with this international team.

Associate Professor Mohammad Mir served in the NIH/NIAID study section tasked to review R15 grant applications in the diverse areas of infectious diseases and drug development. The study section reviewed the applications in Seattle last month.

Fourth-year CVM student Sam C. Phillips, CVM Professor Jose Peralta and CVM Assistant Professor Zarah Hedge, DVM ’09, had an article published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) titled, “The role of private practitioners in reducing numbers of homeless dogs and cats and shelter euthanasia rates.”



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Medical Anatomy Center news
Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor and Executive Director of the Medical Anatomy Center, was the invited speaker in New Zealand at the University of Auckland, School of Medicine presenting a symposium on the most recent Innovative Imaging of the Human Body and its Clinical Relevance, Aug. 9, 2018. He revealed human neurovascular anatomy previously not viewed by healthcare professionals using MRI, Ultrasound and 4D micro CT images from donor cadavers. He discussed and provided examples how such images could be integrated into today’s health care delivery system and education with simulation and anatomy using andragogical techniques he developed. He also revealed bilaminar cross-sectional imaging developed from Touch of Life Technologies which he has incorporated the teaching value for health care professionals. He raised further interest with the use of the interactive Sectra visualization table and its global illumination benefits. He discussed how to design a Millennial Anatomy lab and the technique of delivering Millennial lectures. Lastly, he shared interpretations and insights about Netter’s Human Atlas and the extraordinary work his colleague Dr. Carlos Machada has contributed to the maintain the quality and momentum of this amazing Human Atlas during the past decade.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
GCBS Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, in collaboration with the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Emergency Department, had one manuscript accepted by the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Their paper analyzed the safety and efficacy of Tranexamic Acid in Civilian Trauma in a prehospital setting.