AAHPSA clinic

The Asian American Health Profession Student Association (AAHPSA) at WesternU, in partnership with UCLA Asian-Pacific Health Coalition, held a clinic at Monterey Park City Hall on Nov. 13, 2014. The annual student-run clinic has been a long-held tradition between WesternU and UCLA with a mission to serve the Chinese-dominant population in Monterey Park. Comprising more than 50 medical school students, 50 undergraduate volunteers, the clinic was precepted by Clinton Adams, DO, and Steven Lam, DO. The clinic served more than 200 patients and provided nine different services, including stroke screening, bone density screening, blood glucose/cholesterol screening, and OMM.

Save the date

The 14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference, “”Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together,”” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at WesternU in Pomona, Calif. The keynote speaker will be Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, MSBus, author of “”Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention.”” The conference is open to health professionals, therapists, teachers, parents and adults with autism with two tracks: one for family and one for professionals. Visit WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE), http://www.westernu.edu/face for updates.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

The College of Pharmacy is featured in the latest edition of Drug Topics under “”PharmD options: Six pharmacy schools offer nontraditional path for RPhs.”” Click here and follow link to page 5: http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmd-options

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Olivia Phung, PharmD, is the recipient of the 2014 American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) New Investigator Award.

The New Investigator Award recognizes an ACCP member who has made a significant impact on an aspect of clinical pharmaceutical science. The awardee must have been a member of ACCP for more than three years; must have completed his or her terminal training or degree less than six years previously; and must have a research program with a substantial publication record that includes a programmatic theme or an especially noteworthy single publication. Dr. Phung’s research focuses on the use of systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Dr. Phung delivered the annual New Investigator Award Lecture on Oct. 13, 2014 at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Anandi Law has been named Chair-Elect, Council of Faculties for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The Council of Faculties has roughly 3,800 members, representing schools and colleges of pharmacy throughout the nation. AACP is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. Dr. Law is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. Within AACP she has served as Chair of the Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) Mentoring Committee, SAS Curriculum Committee, Chair of the Joint Task Force on Mentoring, and AACP appointee to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Patient Safety Workgroup. Her scholarly interests include health outcomes measurement and pharmacist-patient interactions in improving medication use outcomes. Dr. Law is Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration and Director of our Fellowship in Health Outcomes.

Drs. Doreen Pon and Eric Gupta published a paper: Pon D, Abe A and Gupta E. A Review of Statin Use and Prostate Cancer. Curr Atheroscler Rep (2015) 17:474. DOI 10.1007/s11883-014-0474-5. Click here to read the paper.

Dr. Sheryl Chow published two papers: Lanfear DE, Chow SL, Padhukasahasram B, Li J, Langholz D, Tang W, Williams K, Sabbah HN. Genetic and Non-Genetic Factors Influencing Pharmacokinetics of B-type Natriuretic Peptide. J Card Fail. 2014 Sep;20(9):662-8 PMID 24983826.

Perugu S, Rehan V, Chow SL, Baylen B. Plasma Biomarkers and Echocardiographic Indices of Left Ventricular Function in Very Low Birth Weight Infants. In press, Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Chow served as moderator for American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions held in Chicago, Ill. mid-November 2014.: “”Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists: Are they for everyone?”” and “”New and Older Pharmacotherapies for Heart Failure: Moderated oral abstract presentations.””

She also served as Vice-Chair, AHA Clinical Pharmacology Committee of the Clinical Cardiology Council, for their semi-annual business meeting in Chicago.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Nissar Darmani has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biopharmaceutics Sciences.

Forensic work done by Dr. Vicki Wedel, F-AAFS, of COMP/CDM, is featured in an article published by a PBS affiliate in Missouri. The article describes the analysis of human remains recovered underneath a Missouri airport runway last paved in 1927. http://www.kcpt.org/news/skull/

Dr. Wedel has also been busy in recent weeks giving talks on forensic anthropology and medicine at Cal Poly Pomona, Summit Academy, and San Diego State University. She and research collaborator Dr. Ken Hermsen received an award from Creighton University to accompany the George F. Haddix President’s Research Grant funds they were given. Dr. Hermsen gave a talk, “”Teeth as Testimony,”” Dr. Wedel prepared for the occasion.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Jeffrey Lloyd was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Osseointegration. He will transition from serving as chair of the academy’s Membership Committee to the board during AO’s annual meeting March 12-14, 2015 in San Francisco.

From Western Diabetes Institute:

Diabetes Risk Test

The Western Diabetes Institute is collaborating with the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Council of La Raza, the National Council on Aging and the YMCA to help make one million Americans aware of their risk for type 2 diabetes. Please visit the WDI homepage at http://WDI.westernu.edu to take the Diabetes Risk Test and find out.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Food for Fines Drive

Between December 2-14, 2014, for each non-perishable/canned food item donated at the Pumerantz Library we will waive $1 in library fines only. Sorry, no damaged/lost or other WesternU fees are eligible. This Food for Fines program benefits 2nd Chance Thrift Store, a local nonprofit organization. For more details read the News and Events Blog or contact the Library at 909-469-5323 or by email at circ@westernu.edu.

From University Advancement:

Advancement news

University Advancement and the College of Veterinary Medicine are pleased to announce a new fully-endowed scholarship for the College. Mr. Burton A. Mitchell and Dr. Pamela J. Mitchell provided more than $20,000 to fully fund the Georgia R. Mitchell Endowed Scholarship, which will provide awards to future generations of veterinary students with proven interest and accomplishments in veterinary research. We are very thankful for their generous support.

Optum, a pharmacy benefit management company that provides services for more than 30 million people nationwide and processes more than one-half billion adjusted retail, mail and specialty drug prescriptions annually, represented by Dr. John Jones, made another gift of $15,000 in support of the Pomona Health Career Ladder program.


Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign on Dec. 2 from liking and sharing our posts to giving the Gift of Education. Your support is significant toward building a strong foundation for the health care professionals of the future. #GivingTuesday may have passed, but the Season of Giving is still here!

Student Study Days

This past week the Office of Annual Giving provided snacks, such as popcorn, chips, fruit, hot chocolate and coffee, to WesternU’s studying students at the second annual Student Study Days event. More than 600 students stayed energized during their preparations for final exams in the HEC Recital Hall as well as The Daumier. We look forward to sharing this special event and supporting our students again next fall.

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