From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

From OPSC Rookie of the Year to President
As president of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California (OPSC), Brian Loveless, DO ’02, says the organization will face two major challenges in the coming year: finding continued growth for osteopathic physicians in the single Graduate Medical Education (GME) accreditation system, and determining how looming changes to the Affordable Care Act will affect California.

Loveless, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) assistant professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM), has been president-elect of OPSC for the past year, and will be installed as president on Feb. 18, 2017, during the group’s 56th annual convention President’s Banquet in San Diego.

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From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
The Baudry lab has a new manuscript in press in the journal Scientific Reports. The study shows that mice lacking calpain-1 are impaired in long-term depression of synaptic transmission elicited by stimulation of the metabotropic glutamate receptors. It also identified the signaling pathway involved in this impairment, which involves calpain-1-mediated truncation of a regulatory subunit of a protein phosphatase, PP2A. Finally, it also shows that calpain-1 knockout mice are impaired in extinction of fear responses. Thus, this study demonstrates that calpain-1 participates in multiple forms of synaptic plasticity and of learning and memory.

Zhu, G., Briz, V., Seinfeld, J., Liu, Y., Bi, X. and Baudry, M. CAPN1 deletion impairs mGluR-dependent LTD and fear memory extinction. Scientific Reports (in press).

 

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
The second annual College of Podiatric Medicine Lawrence B. Harkless Dean’s Distinguished Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, will give the keynote presentation, “Higher Education, Healthcare and The Future of America.” Click here to view a flier.

 

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Mohammad Mir has been invited as a Plenary Speaker at the 9th International Virology Congress to be held in London March 13-14. Dr. Mir will present the recent trends in the therapeutic intervention of category-A RNA viruses.

Congratulations to Laura Russey, DVM ’19, and Summer Pepper, DVM ’20! They submitted the winning essays for the Iverson Bell Symposium Essay Contest. Their essays focused on the importance of diversity to the veterinary profession and included strategies for promoting diversity for both veterinary students and graduates. Both Laura and Summer are invited to attend the Iverson Bell Symposium, which will be held during the AAVMC National meeting March 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Conference registration, travel and lodging expenses will be provided by the college.

 

From the College of Optometry:

Mc-A-Thon 2017
Chief of Primary Care Services Bennett McAllister, OD, FAAO, will ride 62 kilometers for his 62nd birthday to raise money to send College of Optometry students to the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) annual meeting in Chicago.

Dr. McAllister’s goal is to raise $750, and AAO will provide $750 in matching donations. He will ride from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Click here to donate: AAO Student Travel. Enter “AAO Student Travel Fund for Academy in Chicago” in the “Special Notes” section of the form.

Click here to view a flier: https://news.westernu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Mc-A-Thon.pdf

 

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