Free Health Screenings

PCHAT will hold free health screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1150 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, Calif. Click here for more information.

Reflections of a Front Line IDF Soldier

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 in HEC Lecture Hall 1 (second floor). Sgt. Benjamin Anthony from Israel, founder of the “Our Soldiers Speak” organization, will be giving a lecture and Q & A session. He is a well-known motivational speaker who travels around the globe and speaks in various prestigious universities and federations. This is a rare opportunity to hear an Israel Defense Forces soldier’s firsthand account of real events and personal insight into the dynamic on the ground. Free lunch provided. Click here for more information.

Community Health Fair

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at New Direction Community Church, 1100 E. Holt Ave., Pomona. Free health screenings and information, and fun health activities for kids. Click here to view a flier. Visit WesternU’s home page to watch a video on the Health Fair.

Save the Date

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic, benefiting the University Scholarship Fund, will be held on June 18, 2012 at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif. Noon shotgun start with reception and awards to follow. Sponsorship opportunities available. For information, e-mail or

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

The Lebanon Anatomy Department took home honors from the Jan. 17 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Research Symposium held at WesternU’s Pomona campus.

Dr. Brion Benninger, Vice Chair of the COMP Anatomy Department, took first place in the faculty, resident, or post-graduate research category for his research titled, “Hippocrates Hand and Foot: Have we lost it clinically?”

COMP-Northwest’s Taylor Delamarter took second place in the category of student research on the topic “The Os Peroneum and Accessory Navicular: A cadaveric and radiological study.”

Dr. Benninger acknowledged the work of Dr. William Merbs and clinical anatomy researcher Nik Matsler for their integral roles in the development and implementation of the above projects.

Both Dr. Benninger and Delamarter were recognized accordingly by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. In addition to presenting at the symposium, the pair presented their research to COMP-Northwest faculty, staff, and students on Feb. 2.

Marek Malecki, MD, PhD, an associate professor of genetic, genomics, and gene therapy at COMP, was an invited speaker at the 1st International Inaugural Circulating Tumor and Stem Cells Summit in San Diego on Feb. 1-3, 2012, while delivering the lecture, “Liquid Biopsy of Ovarian Cancer. Liquid biopsy is currently the newest emerging strategy for diagnosis of cancer and monitoring the results of therapy.”

He was also the Director of and Faculty at the Training Course on the subject circulating tumor and stem cells, which was intended for physicians and scientists to train them in the basics of the modern approaches in the diagnosis of cancer and its metastases.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Dr. Donna Redman-Bentley co-authored an invited commentary on an article, “Bayley Scales of Infant Development Screening Test-Gross Motor Subtest: Efficacy in Determining Need for Services,” in the Peer Review Journal published January 2012.

Massiel Delgado, DPT 2012, recently gave a presentation in Spanish on “Fit to a T- Osteoporosis and Bone Health” to about 40 senior citizens in conjunction with the Los Angeles Commission on Health at the East Los Angeles County Services Center. This presentation is part of the US Bone and Joint Decade’s response to the Surgeon General’s first-ever report on bone health and osteoporosis. In partnership with the Public Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, this education program is called “Fit to a T” because the T-score is the measure of a person’s bone density and susceptibility to fragility fracture.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Associate Professor Cynthia Jackevicius, BScPhm, MSc, PharmD, FCSHP, BCPS (AQ Card) is featured on the Internet medical information channel

Click here to read more and to view the video.

Skin cancer awareness

College of Pharmacy students visited local high schools to talk about skin cancer prevention as part of a community outreach program. About 25 Western University of Health Sciences pharmacy students and faculty visited five local high schools – Pomona, Garey, Ganesha, Montclair and the School of Arts and Enterprise – in January.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Education Panel

The College of Graduate Nursing is co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Educational Panel Discussion series: “Shaping and Advancing Nursing Practice: The IOM Future of Nursing Report as a Catalyst for Change in Health Care,” organized by the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP), Greater Pasadena.

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at Pandora on Green, 33 West Green Street, Pasadena, Calif. 91105. RSVP Required. Please email any questions or to inquire about registration for this event at or Register here: Click here for more information.

Kudos on accomplishments

CGN Assistant Professor and Western Diabetes Institute Clinical Care Coordinator Christine Magladry, MSN, FNP, DNP(c), gave a poster presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) conference on doctoral education in nursing. The presentation was titled, “A Novel Faculty Practice Incorporating the DNP Essentials.” The poster will be kept in the Western Diabetes Institute Suite at the PCC, as the focus of the presentation was the DNP role in the WDI.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Associate Professor Pinakin Gunvant Davey, OD, PhD, FAAO, was the editor of the recently-published book “Glaucoma: Current Clinical and Research Aspects,” ISBN: 978-953-307-263-0; InTech publishers. Click here for more information.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CPM student Brett Waverly is featured in the American Podiatric Medical Association video “A Day in the Life of Brett Waverly: Tomorrow’s Podiatrist.” Click here to watch the video.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Jerry Minsky was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor, West Coast University, School of Dental Hygiene, Anaheim campus, effective Jan. 3, 2012.

Dr. Minsky is a part-time clinical supervising dentist, supervising the care given by dental hygiene students in the clinic.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Kudos on accomplishments

Ruth Harris, MLIS, Frances Chu, MSN, MLIS and Rudy Barreras, librarians at Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library, will be presenting their poster “Librarians collaborating with faculty to develop and deliver an Evidence-Based Eye Care Course” at the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona symposium on “Information Treasure Hunt: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice @ Your Institution” on March 3, 2012. The library could not have done this without the help of Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, the Dean of the College of Optometry.