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This Week@WesternU, Feb. 19-22, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

February 19, 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. Click here for more information.

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.

WesternU partner the Autism Channel wins Communitas Award

The Autism Channel, which has partnered with Western University of Health Sciences to raise awareness about autism issues, is one of about 30 organizations and corporations to receive a 2013 Communitas Award, an international effort to recognize the spirit of communitas – people helping people. Click here to read the full story.

Toastmasters Club meeting

Fear of public speaking is often cited as one of the most common phobias. The Toastmasters organization provides a way to confront that fear in a positive, nurturing environment.

The Toast of the Towne Toastmasters Club meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Western University of Health Sciences in the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 287 Third St., Pomona, Calif. The club is open to everyone and guests are always welcome at no obligation. For details please contact Les Hill at 818-519-1842, or email

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

A new open-access biomedical journal called PeerJ launched Feb. 12, 2013. COMP/CPM Assistant Professor Mathew Wedel, PhD, and his colleague Mike Taylor coauthored one of the papers for the initial launch, and one of their figures was chosen as the headline image for the journal homepage on its first day of existence: The paper, “Why sauropods had long necks; and why giraffes have short necks,” is freely available here:

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, COMP-Northwest Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, hosted and provided anatomical expertise for the Next Generation of Regional Anesthesia: Ultrasound Guided Truncal Blocks held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Lebanon campus for anesthesiologists, surgical residents and orthopedic residents. This workshop combined techniques practiced in the cadaver lab with didactic lecture. Dr. Spanos, a recognized expert in the nerve block field, was invited to instruct the specific techniques.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker for a workshop on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice” for the Medical and Pre-Health Student Society (MAPSS) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). Their day-long Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Conference, which targets underrepresented students from all colleges and universities in Southern California who are interested in pursuing a career in the health care professions, was recently held on the CSUSB campus.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Sunil Prabhu’s laboratory on their most recent publication. Other authors include post-doctoral fellow Dr. Arvind Thakkar, MSPS student Karthik Grandhi, MSPS alumnus Dhruvit Sutaria, who is currently pursuing a PhD at the Ohio State University and Dr. Jeffrey Wang. The work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (1R03CA153812-01A1; SP).

Thakkar A, Sutaria D, Grandhi BK, Wang J, Prabhu S. The molecular mechanism of action of aspirin, curcumin and sulforaphane combinations in the chemoprevention of pancreatic cancer. Oncol Rep. 2013 Feb 5. doi: 10.3892/or.2013.2276. [Epub ahead of print] Click here to view the publication.

Check out the current issue of Academic Pharmacy Now. The College of Pharmacy made the cover story in the Winter 2013 edition. The story showcases the College’s involvement in the “Pharmacy is Right for Me” initiative aiming to inspire and foster the next generation of pharmacy leaders in the United States. The cover and inside photos by Public Affairs’ Jeff Malet highlights COP faculty teaching Palomares Academy of Health Sciences ninth graders how to compound non-medicated toothpaste.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Quannetta T. Edwards, CGN Associate Professor, FNP, WHNP, is a co-author of a recent article, “Integrations of Genomics in Cancer Care,” published in a special genetics/genomics issue of The Journal of Nursing Scholarship (2013). This was an international and interprofessional collaborative effort with nurses and physicians from the National Institute of Oncogenomics, University of Sal Paulo, and Sao Paulo State University in Brazil and an advanced practice registered nurse in genetics from the City of Hope. As an adjunct to the article, contents of this work will also be one of a series of webinars coordinated by the National Institute of Health with a scheduled date for presentation of April 2, 2013.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

On Jan. 1, Dr. Jeff Lloyd, College of Dental Medicine assistant professor, took his place as 2013 president of Tri-County Dental Society. Established in 1908, TCDS is a local component of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association, and is now comprised of more than 1,800 member dentists from the Riverside, San Bernardino and Eastern portion of Los Angeles counties. Headed by Dr. Lloyd, TCDS’s Board of Directors and Committees are working to offer Continuing Education, membership events and volunteer opportunities to the local dentists. This year’s stellar line-up includes evening CE courses on “Hidden Pathology & Cone Beam CT & Dentist’s Responsibility,” “Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: A Simple Approach,” “OSHA,” “Defensive Practice Management: Managing Patients & Parents,” and Study Club meetings for dentists under 10 years of being licensed. TCDS also helps coordinate dental clinics for underserved children through the Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program, held each year in February. Last year 19 dental clinics were organized with 450 volunteers who helped 785 children; plans to grow this program are already underway this year. In addition, the Dental Society hosts an online career center which allows dentists and staff to connect on the job front.

From University Advancement:

Patient Care Center billboard

WesternU’s Public Affairs, Marketing and Graphics and Branding team has for the first time created a billboard showcasing the Patient Care Center. You can see the billboard heading south on Garey Avenue at Alvarado Street in Pomona. Here is a Facebook link to a photo of the billboard.

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