WesternU, Sight Savers America to provide assistive devices to children with severe visual impairment

Western University of Health Sciences and Sight Savers America are partnering to provide four children with Freedom Scientific Onyx HD Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVMs) to help them complete schoolwork, see their loved one’s faces and keep up with the academic demands of their fully-sighted peers at school.

The four recipients are between the ages of 10 and 18 and live in Upland, San Bernardino and Pomona. They will receive their EVMs and learn how to use them from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the WesternU Eye Care Institute at 795 E. Second Street, Pomona, California, 91766.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU’s Family Nurse Practitioner program named one of the best in the west
The Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program is one of the best in the west, according to recently-released rankings by GraduateNursingEDU.org.

CGN’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program was named one of the best MSN-FNP programs in the West Region. Among the criteria: accreditation, success rates on national certification exams, convenience and flexibility, student satisfaction and funding and research grants.

“Congratulations to faculty, staff and all our support departments across the University who contribute to the ongoing success of the College of Graduate Nursing’s FNP program,” said CGN Dean Mary M. Lopez, PhD, RN. “We are thrilled and honored to be recognized as one of the best FNP programs. Our FNP program prepares NPs to work at the top of their ability in all settings and health systems to improve access, decrease cost and enhance high-quality outcomes for patients and communities.”  

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Volunteers with Type 2 Diabetes needed for WesternU study
COMP Professor Vishwanath Venketaraman, PhD, is the Principal Investigator for a study on glutathione (GSH) restoration effects of oral liposomal GSH (LRG) treatment in individuals with Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) for a three-month period of time. Glutathione, a natural antioxidant has been shown to improve immune responses against known pathogens such as tuberculosis. Eligible study subjects are T2DM positive individuals between 21 to 65 years old with HbA1c levels between 7-10. Blood will be drawn three times (pre-screening, before, and after the study). Blood draws take about 10-15 minutes. Study supplements could possibly cause headaches, a minor level of digestive or intestinal discomfort, but we expect this to be of minimal or undetectable discomfort. There might be a mild pricking pain associated with the blood draw (50 ml).

Volunteers will receive $100 cash for their complete participation in the study. This compensation will be paid in four installments of $25.

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For more information, contact Dr. Venketaraman at 909-706-3736 or vvenketaraman@westernu.edu.


Kudos on accomplishments
Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM, Jessie Atterholt, PhD, of GCBS, Jeff Macalino and Gary Wisser of the Department of Information Technology, and Thierra Nalley, PhD, and John Yasmer, DO, of COMP presented a slideshow at the 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress (http://palaeovc.uv.es/​) titled, “Reconstructing an unusual specimen of Haplocanthosaurus using a blend of physical and digital techniques.” Matt Wedel is also second author on another Palaeo Virtual Congress presentation, “What do we mean by the directions ‘cranial’ and ‘caudal’ on a vertebra?” with first author Mike Taylor, PhD, of the University of Bristol, UK. Both presentations are available to registered attendees of the Palaeo Virtual Congress through December 15, after which time they will be archived on PeerJ Preprints.​

Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, receives shared patent of dual array ultrasound finger probe. He was a major contributor to the design and development of a finger probe and its GUI (Graphics User Interface). It contains both linear array (used for musculoskeletal medicine, superficial & central IV placement, arterial vasculature, and pneumothorax) and a phased array probe (used for deep thoracic, abdominal and pelvic structures) within a single finger-sized probe.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Anandi Law and collaborators revised and validated the Self-Assessment of Perceived Level of Cultural Competence Instrument.

Margarita Echeverri, Elizabeth Unni, Spencer E. Harpe, Jan Kavookjian, Fadi Alkhateeb, Gladys Ekong, and Anandi Law (2018). A Revised Scale of Cultural Competence Curriculum in Pharmacy Education: A Multi-School Validation Trial. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education e-View. https://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe6602

Dr. Janice Hoffman served as the co-chair of the organizing committee and keynote speaker for the International Conference on Brain Stimulation in Tokyo, Japan. Her presentation was titled “An Innovative Leadership Model for Dementia Care Teams.”

Additionally, she participated in a group presentation titled “Inter-professional Team Approach to Geriatric Dementia Care” with Dr. Harry Sarkissian and Dr. Mary Hudson-McKinney.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Ohad Levi is the author of an article published recently in the Journal of Veterinary Education (JVME). The article is titled “Effect of Strong-Versus Long-Term Video Game Playing on Basic Laparoscopic Skills Acquisition of Veterinary Medicine Students.” Authors and investigators were Ohad Levi, Donna L. Shettko, Mark Battles (DVM 2016), Peggy L. Schmidt, Maria A. Fahie, Dominique J. Griffon, Paul Gordon-Ross, and Dean A. Hendrickson. Dr. Levi served as the PI for the project. The group would like to thank the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine as it as a result of their joint activity that this study has taken shape. The study was also presented as a poster at The Pacific Veterinary Conference in Long Beach in June 2015; presented as an abstract at the Regional Teaching Academy Conference in Pullman, Washington in 2015; and presented as an abstract at the Veterinary Endoscopy Society Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in June 2016.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
GCBS Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, in collaboration with ARMC neurosurgery group (Dr. Miulli) and other neurosurgery members, recently published a paper related to Inflammatory Markers and Severity of Intracerebral Hemorrhage. The main goal of the study was to explore predictor of mortality.

Dr. Dong, in collaboration with Dr. Flores-Carter, had a presentation accepted by the Association of Psychological Sciences for their International Convention in Paris, France. The study focused on exploring postpartum depression and attitudes towards seeking mental health services.



From University Advancement:

The Office of Annual Fund & Alumni Relations hosted the first ever Lakers AlumNITE at Staples Center on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.  Alumni gathered to watch the Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs 121-113 while “Lakers Welcome Western University of Health Sciences” was seen scrolling on the matrix strip throughout Staples Center all evening.  



From the Eye Care Institute:

Ultimate Pair Package
Double your lenses. Get a second pair free. Purchase an Ultimate Lens Package and get a second pair of qualifying lenses on us with the purchase of a second pair of frames.  Please visit ECI optical for details or call Ext. 3899.

Offer available until December 31, 2018.