From the College of Dental Medicine:

College of Dental Medicine provides dental care to more than 15,000 children through First 5 LA funding
Halfway through its partnership with First 5 LA, Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine has provided preventative dental services to more than 15,900 children 5 years old and younger and treatment services to more than 9,100 of these children.

First 5 LA pledged $38 million over a span of five years to Western University of Health Sciences, UCLA and USC, beginning March 1, 2013, to address access to oral health care for Los Angeles County children. WesternU’s College of Dental Medicine (CDM) is scheduled to receive about 22 percent of the funding for the Children’s Dental Care Project.

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Kudos on accomplishments
Sean Rowan, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Dental Medicine, was recently re-appointed to the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education and Licensure’s (CDEL) Dental Admission Test (DAT) Committee. The DAT Committee oversees the administration of the national examinations required for entry to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral dental programs in the U.S.  This is his second appointment to the committee, which consists of college administrators and faculty from dental schools across the U.S.  


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Drs. Kristopher Irizarry and Yvonne Drechsler from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Q. Quinn Li from the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, together with five graduate students (Adam Chan, Derek Kettle, Steven Kenzian, Dominic Ma, and Louis Palacios) from the MSBS program, have a manuscript accepted for publication in the journal MicroRNA.

This is the remarkable result of a project performed during a course, GCBS5087 (Bioinformatics). As part of the MSBS curriculum, students are exposed to research with the goal of developing proficiency in analyzing data and writing manuscripts for publication. The bioinformatics courses (GCBS5086 and GCBS5087) provide students a solid foundation in biological computational analysis coupled with the opportunity to contribute their acquired expertise for collaborative analysis of large-scale data sets. 

The manuscript is titled “Bioinformatics analysis of chicken miRNAs associated with monocyte to macrophage differentiation and subsequent IFN gamma stimulated activation. MicroRNA (in press).”

The GCBS is proud of this accomplishment and hopes to see many more similar publications resulting from course projects.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Assistant Professor Gagandeep Kaur, presented a scientific poster at Neuroscience 2016 recently. Neuroscience is an annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and this year’s conference connected a total of 30,353 attendees from 80 countries. Dr. Kaur presented a poster titled “Expression of Neuropeptide Arginine Vasopression and its Receptors 1a and 1b in the Canine Amygdala.” Co-authors were Dr. Wael Khamas, CVM Professor, Dr. Hannah Mirrashed, CVM lab manager, Melanie Sailor (DVM 2017), and Farshid Shahriar, collaborator.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to the following Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, MSPS students, and alumni on their recent accomplishments:

Yun (Lyna) Luo, PhD, MSPS alumnus Abdelaziz Alsamarah and their colleagues on their publication. Lopez W, Ramachandran J, Alsamarah A, Luo Y, Harris AL, Contreras JE. Mechanism of gating by calcium in connexin hemichannels. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2016. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1609378113. Link Here

Former faculty, Fadi Khasawneh, PhD, MSPS student Nicole Hensch and their collaborators on their publication. Hensch NR, Karim ZA, Druey KM, Tansey MG, Khasawneh FT. RGS10 Negatively Regulates Platelet Activation and Thrombogenesis. PLOS ONE. 2016;11(11):e0165984. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165984. Link Here

Arezoo Campbell, PhD, former postdoc Parrisa Solaimani, PhD, and their colleagues on their publication. Solaimani P, Saffari A, Sioutas C, Bondy SC, Campbell A. Exposure to ambient ultrafine particulate matter alters the expression of genes in primary human neurons. NeuroToxicology. 2017;58:50-7. doi:

Maria Lambros, PhD, and MSPS alumnus Jonathan Moreno and their colleagues published the following: Moreno, J. A., Sanchez, A., Hoffman, R. M., Nur, S., Lambros, M. P.; Fluorescent Orthotopic Mouse Model of Pancreatic Cancer. J. Vis. Exp. (115), e54337, doi:10.3791/54337 (2016)


From University Advancement:

Giving Tuesday
Thank you to everyone who participated and donated on #GivingTuesday Nov. 29, 2016. It is because of you that this was our best #GivingTuesday ever!

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In case you missed it, or were unable to donate, you can still give online at


WesternU contributes K-9 to Pomona PD
WesternU’s Office of Public Affairs donated about $20,000 to the Pomona Police Department to facilitate the latest addition to its K-9 unit, Axel. The donation covered training and equipment costs. Click here to read more on Facebook and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:


#WesternUHolidays videos

Dear WesternU Family,  

The holidays are an opportunity for us to appreciate the many blessings in our lives. As we prepare to celebrate the season, we’d like to know: What do you appreciate the most? 

We’re asking you to share your appreciation with a short horizontal video of about 10 seconds in length of what you appreciate today, and upload it to YouTube. Email a link to your public or unlisted YouTube video appreciations by December 11.

We’ll download each video and do our best to include them in a video montage that will be the centerpiece of our website, and posted on WesternU’s YouTube channel and Facebook page during the holiday break!

Please be sure to use the hashtag #WesternUHolidays as part of your video title.


Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2017 issue
We would like to invite WesternU students, alumni, faculty and staff to submit your original non-fictions, fiction, poetry, photography, and fine art for publication in the 2017 issue of Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine. The theme this year is “Overcoming Obstacles.” The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2017. All works should be submitted to Click here to view a flier.

Copies of the 2016 issue are currently available on campus. For digital copies of the magazine, please visit