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This Week@WesternU, Feb. 11-15, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

February 11, 2013

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Women’s Clinic

WesternU’s Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) will hold a free Women’s Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Health Professions Center (HPC) Clinical Skills Lab, second floor, 550 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.

The clinic will feature free pap smears, breast exams, health screenings and nutrition and fitness education. No treatments or medications will be available. Click here to view a flier.

Appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, call 909-766-0171 or email

Interprofessional Health Fair

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 on the Esplanade in front of the Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. Free health screenings, free health education and awareness. Fun health activities for children. Free parking in Lots 26 and 27. Organized by WesternU’s Student Government Association and the American Pharmacists Association. Click here to view a flier in English and Spanish.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Placental Mammal Diversity Exploded After Age of Dinosaurs

An international team of researchers, including COMP Assistant Professor Brian Kraatz, PhD, has reconstructed the common ancestor of placental mammals — an extremely diverse group including animals ranging from rodents to whales to humans — using the world’s largest dataset of both genetic and physical traits.

The research, “The Placental Mammal Ancestor and the Post–K-Pg Radiation of Placentals,” was published in the Feb. 8, 2013 issue of the journal Science. Click here to read the research article. The story was picked up by several media outlets, including the New York Times.

Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, COMP-Northwest Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, and adviser of the Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic and General Surgery clubs, wanted to thank Michael Kahan, Cody Hull, Eric Vincesilo and Patrick Beaven for helping to coordinate a lecture by internationally renowned military and civilian trauma surgeon Dr. Richard Mullins. His lecture, “Medical Lessons Learned in the War on Terror,” was extremely well received by all of the clubs and medical students at COMP-Northwest.

Dr. Benninger is mentoring an innovative research project with OMS II Andy Berglund and Clinical Anatomy Researcher Nik Matsler using ultrasound to augment successful CPR. This project is one of several ultrasound projects that are currently being conducted in The McDaniel Anatomy Research Lab at the Lebanon campus site.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Anandi Law has been selected to serve as APhA-APRS (Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science) Delegate to the 2013 APhA House of Delegates. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, with more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as members. The APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held in Los Angeles March 1-4, 2013.

Dr. Jonathan Watanabe and his co-authors, both WesternU alumni, published the following: Watanabe JH, Bounthavong M, Chen T. Revisiting the medication possession ratio threshold for adherence in lipid management. Curr Med Res Opin. 2013 Feb 1. [Epub ahead of print].

Drs. Mark Bounthavong and Timothy Chen graduated in the College of Pharmacy Class of 2004. Dr. Bounthavong also completed a residency at the VA Loma Linda and a two-year Outcomes Fellowship at WesternU. Both are currently employed at the VA San Diego.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Assistant Professor and equine veterinarian Dr. Babak Faramarzi presented his team’s research at the American College of Veterinary Radiologists (ACVR) meeting in October 2012 titled, “Detection of Fractures of the Palmar Processes of the Distal Phalanx in Foals.” B. Faramarzi, S. Halland, H. Dobson.

The abstract is published in conference proceedings of this meeting. Collaborators include Dr. Spring Halland (WesternU-CVM); Dr. Howard Dobson (University of Guelph, Head Radiologist); Dr. Andrew Kaneps (Former UC-Davis Prof; presently, a surgeon at a private referral practice). Dr. Faramarzi acknowledges the southern California horse owners who graciously allowed the studies on their foals for this project and also thanks are extended to Student Doctor Michelle Crupi, DVM ’14, who worked hard and received scholarships from the Morris Animal Foundation and AHA supporting her while working on the project.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT, Associate Dean of Research and Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, and Mary Wardell, PT, DPT ’08, recently had their manuscript, “Differences in function between children with sensory processing disorders, physical disabilities and typically developing children,” accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

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