Pumerantz Lecture
Western University of Health Sciences presents the eighth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 in Health Education Center Lecture Hall I. The guest speaker is Arti Hurria, MD, Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, and Director, Cancer and Aging Research Program, City of Hope. 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. Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 16 to Special Events Coordinator Rocki Crisostomo at rcrisostomo@westernu.edu or by phone at 909-469-5439. Click here to view a flier.


WesternU at the LA County Fair
WesternU students and faculty will provide free health screenings at the LA County Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Buy discounted Fair tickets and come out to support our students. Link to Facebook post with flier:


WesternU is partnering with Inter Valley Health Plan, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, and Fairplex to once again bring “Our Body: The Universe Within” to the Los Angeles County Fair September 2-24, 2016.

WesternU, IVHP and PVHMC, which previously partnered on “Our Body” in 2012, have added their own theme to the exhibit, focusing on the question “Our Body Does What?” Interesting factoids about human bodies and biological processes will be sprinkled throughout the exhibit, along with graphic elements and videos created by the partners.

A separate $5 fee (ages 5 and under are free) will be charged to enter the “Our Body” exhibit. Proceeds go toward Fairplex youth education programs.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Wael Khamas was a collaborator on a manuscript recently published in the July 2016 eCollection of the International Journal of Nanomedicine. The article, “Preclinical systemic toxicity evaluation of chitosan-solid lipid nanoparticle-encapsulated aspirin and curcumin in combination with free sulforaphane in BALB/c mice,” was a result of the collaboration between Dr. Khamas and Sunil Prabhu, Sushma Chenreddy, Amitkumar Thakkar, Jeffrey Wang and Astrid Thio, all from the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Khamas assisted throughout the research by reading the slides and documenting the results. He also contributed to the histopathology portion of the manuscript.


From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Optometry alumnus Franco Castrejon, OD ’15, was profiled by his undergraduate alma mater CSU Channel Islands. Click here to read the story: http://www.csuci.edu/news/spotlights/alumni/a-clear-vision.htm


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, and his collaborators had three posters accepted at the Annual Convention and Scientific Sessions of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) in Palm Desert, Calif., taking place Oct. 27-31, 2016:

“Lactate-to-Albumin ratio ≥ 2 was associated with higher Mortality and Morbidity among Septic Shock Patients” in collaboration with Drs. Johal and Nguyen (internal medicine at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center). Their abstract was selected as a finalist in the Annual Research Abstract/Case Presentation Poster Contest.

“The Effectiveness of Measuring Adenosine Deaminase (ADA) in Pleural Fluid in Diagnosing Tuberculous Pleuritis at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center: a Retrospective Study” in collaboration with Dr. Gan (internal medicine, ARMC).

“Quality initiative: identifying variables associated with increased length of stay at a dedicated stroke center” in collaboration with Drs. Choi and Melkonyan (internal medicine, ARMC).

All three abstracts were selected as finalists for first, second and third prizes. 


From Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE):

Save the date – Oct. 15, 2016
WesternU will host the 15th Annual Trends in Autism Education & Resource Forum: FACE-ing Adult Transition, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Featuring the documentary “Autism: Behind the Camera” by Lillian Vasquez from the KVCR Autism Initiative and a panel discussion. Click here to visit WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE) website for more information.


From Western Diabetes Institute:

Wellness Extravaganza
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 on the WesternU Esplanade. Open to students, staff, faculty and patients. The event, sponsored by Western Diabetes Institute, will feature a tutorial on the Fit2Me app, nutrition and exercise advice from WDI, MEDWell activities, Longitudinal Chronic Care Course, and FarmFresh to You: home delivered organic produce company.


From University Advancement:

WesternU View
The latest edition of WesternU View, which features a cover story on WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson and a spiffy new design, is now available. Check out magazine racks on campus or view the magazine online at http://www.westernu.edu/publicaffairs/public-affairs-home/bin/communications/wu-view-summer-2016/index.html#p=1