Free health clinic

WesternU’s Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at Madison Elementary School, 351 W. Phillips Blvd., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

The event will feature free physical wellness exams, including a full physical exam, blood pressure, glucose tests, and Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation. All ages are welcome. Children’s educational activities will include reading and tutoring.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:


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Assistant Professor Vishwanath Venketaraman, PhD, and his lab members and collaborators published the following:

Morris D, Khurasany M, Nguyen T, Kim J, Guilford F, Mehta R, Gray D, Saviola B and Venketaraman V (2012). Glutathione and infection. 2012 Oct 23. doi:pii: S0304-4165(12)00292-9. 10.1016/j.bbagen.2012.10.012.

Morris, D., Guerra C., Khurasany, M., Guilford, F., Saviola, B., Huang, Y and Venketaraman V. Glutathione Supplementation Improves Macrophage Functions in HIV. In press. Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research.

Gray D, Saviola B, Guilford F, Khurasany F and Venketaraman V (2012). Role of Glutathione in Infection and Cardiovascular Disease. In Glutathione: Biochemistry, Mechanisms of Action and Biotechnological Implications. Nova Science Publishers.

The first two publications are in high-impact journals. The third publication is a textbook chapter.


Dr. Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Lebanon, will be a keynote speaker in June 2013 for the Osteopathic Cranial Academy component at the American Academy of Osteopathy. He will be discussing his latest research regarding cranial nerves.

He has received glowing reviews regarding his recent text, “Gray’s Clinical Photographic Dissector of the Human Body.”


COMP student Lindsey VanDyke’s book, “Bow Ties, Butterflies & Band-Aids,” was reviewed in the fall 2012 edition of Radiation Therapist. Click here to read the review. Sales from the book are donated to organizations that benefit cancer patients and their families. Click here to visit her website.


Fourth-year COMP student Jenny Amin and her colleagues from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center published the following case report in the Journal of Medical Case Reports: “Supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor in an adult: a case report and review of the literature.” Click here to view the article.



From the College of Allied Health Professions:


Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, has been selected to deliver a one-day pre-conference course in conjunction with the 2013 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The Section on Clinical Electrotherapy and Wound Management of the APTA has scheduled Dr. Selkowitz to speak on “A User-Friendly Framework for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Electrotherapy” at the course, which is being held in January in San Diego.



From the College of Graduate Nursing:


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Professor Rod Hicks published the following: Hicks, R.W., Wanzer, L.J., & Denholm, B. (2012). Implementing AORN Recommended Practices for Medication Safety. AORN Journal, 96(6), 605-622.


DNP Perspectives

Click here to read the Fall 2012 Issue of DNP Perspectives from the College of Graduate Nursing.



From the College of Dental Medicine:


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Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen provided the reactor’s presentation and served as a panelist for the session titled “Alliances Between Academic Health Centers, Health Systems and Universities: What Do They Mean for Dental Schools?” at the 54th Annual American Dental Education Association Deans’ Conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The theme for the Conference was “The Political Environment for Dental Education.”



From University Advancement:


Alumni events

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the WesternU Alumni Association gave away free Rice Krispies Treats to students outside their office in the University Services Center. The giveaway event, titled “Sudden Snack,” was held from 4-5 p.m. to coincide with the end of the IPE small group meetings for second-year students, and provided a place for those students to meet up with their friends and classmates, as well as for other students to take a break from studying. Despite the rain, more than 200 thankful students stopped by for their “Treat.”


On Sunday, Dec. 2, the WesternU Alumni Association co-sponsored a dessert reception with the College of Pharmacy at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting. Dean Daniel Robinson was joined by approximately 80 alumni, students, faculty, staff, preceptors and friends.




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