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This Week@WesternU, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

August 29, 2011

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Karl Hess has received funding in the order of $35,000 from NCPA (National Community Pharmacists Association) to conduct research on “Addressing Primary Medication Non-Adherence Though Implementation of a Medication Therapy Management Program.” Co-Investigators on the grant include Albert Bach (PharmD candidate), Christal Pham (WesternU PharmD 2010 and current Community Pharmacy Resident) and Dr. Anandi V. Law.

Dr. Gollapudi Shankar is now a licensed psychologist. He also recently obtained his MS degree in Clinical Psychology with emphasis on substance abuse, from CSU.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Professor Dr. Tracey McNamara has published with a group of collaborators from prominent U.S. zoo, public health and diagnostic institutions a paper that leverages her discovery of West Nile virus in 1999 and furthers her vision of establishing a nationwide (perhaps worldwide) surveillance system with diagnostic and communication protocols among zoological institutions and government agencies.

The complete citation is: Pultorak E, Y. Nadler, D. Travis, A. Glaser, T. McNamara, S.D. Mehta. Zoological institution participation in a West Nile virus surveillance system: Implications for public health, Public Health (2011), doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2011.03.013.

Veterinary Assistant Professor Dr. Suzana Tkalcic was an invited speaker and session chair for the 22nd Annual” Ljudevit Jurak” International Symposiums on Comparative Pathology (under the auspice of the European Society of Pathology). The convention is traditionally hosted at the University Hospital “Sisters of Mercy” Zagreb, Croatia.

Dr. Tkalcic presented “Dermatopathology in domestic animals: common cases in veterinary medicine” in the section of “Pathological Morphology of the Human and Animal Diseases” before an audience including Croatian and foreign pathology experts from UK, Slovenia, and the U.S.

On June 3, 2011, Dr. Tkalcic was honored with a prestigious “Ljudevit Jurak” Award for Comparative Pathology awarded by the Academy of Medical Sciences of Croatia. The award was established in 1998 with intention to encourage worldwide research on comparison between animal and human diseases. More info available at and

This year, Dr. Tkalcic also initiated an annual award for the meeting: “Dr. Suzana Tkalcic ONE HEALTH award” for the best interprofessional student team work /presentation in the topic of comparative pathology/medicine. This year out of 26 posters, the award went to a team of veterinary students that investigated atopic dermatitis in people and dogs.

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