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This Week@WesternU, Jan. 10-14, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

January 10, 2011

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Gubernatorial Recognition

In December, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a formal recognition to Dr. Philip Pumerantz, honoring him for his years of service to the osteopathic medical community. Click here for more information.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP and College of Optometry Assistant Professor Vaibhav Tiwari, PhD, has received a $372,500 National Institutes of Health grant for his project, “Structure-function analysis of zebrafish encoded 3-OST enzyme for HSV-1 Entry.”

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Karl Hess has been named recipient of the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award by the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). The award will be presented at CPhA Outlook in February 2011.

Dr. Karl Hess and his resident, Dr. Chad Supsin received a grant through the APhA Foundation Incentive Grants Program for the study titled: “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Barriers of Elderly Patients and Primary Care Providers Regarding Shingles and Shingles Vaccine Administration.” Dr. Supsin will be working on this study during his residency year.

Dr. Gollapudi Shankar authored a chapter in a book. Clinical Psychopharmacology in Correctional Settings in: Thomas J. Fagan and Dr. Robert K. Ax (Editors) Correctional Mental Health: From Theory to Best Practice; SAGE Publishers.

Dr. Micah Hata was featured in AACP’s Academic Pharmacy Oct-Dec 2010 edition: Pharmacy Educators Utilize Key Partnerships to Provide Patient Care. Dr. Hata (along with Professor Klotz) provides MTM to patients enrolled with IEHP (Inland Empire Health Plan). Read more on this feature (page 21):

Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman successfully received her CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) certification that demonstrates that “a health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality care for persons with diabetes.” Dr. Schwartzman practices at the WesternU Patient Care Center in collaboration with the Family Medicine team of Physicians.

Dr. Karl Hess is coauthor of a publication from the Professional Affairs Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy: Haines SL, DeHart RM, Hess KM, et al. Report of the 2009-2010 AACP Professional Affairs Committee: Pharmacist integration in primary care and the role of academic pharmacy. Am J Pharm Educ 2010. 74(10):S5.

Dr. Kabir Lutfy and members of his lab, Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) alumni Drupad Parikh and current MSPS students, Khanh Nguyen and Andy Tseng, are co-authors of the publication: Parikh D, Hamid A, Friedman TC, Nguyen K, Tseng A, Marquez P, Lutfy K. “Stress-induced analgesia and endogenous opioid peptides: the importance of stress duration.” Eur J Pharmacol. 2011 Jan 15;650(2-3):563-7. Click here to view the article.

The following are from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting held in Anaheim early December:

Dr. David Min presented a poster with his current and previous Fellows: E Cho, PharmD Candidate, E. Tellez-Corrales, PharmD, JW Yang, PharmD, Ph.D., IV Hutchinson, PhD, DI Min, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, “Polymorphisms of ACE receptor genes and Posttransplant Anemia in the Kidney Allograft Recipients of Hispanic Ethnicity.”

Dr. Susan Jacob was an Invited Speaker for Clinical Pearls 2010 session. She presented the following topic: “Nip/Tuck: The Real Skinny on the Aftermath of Weight loss surgery.”

Dr. Jacob also presented a poster: Susan Jacob PharmD, Nirmal Patel RPh, Tom Nguyen PharmD. “Implementation of telepharmacy services in four acute care hospital health systems: one year later.”

Dr. Mark Nguyen presented a poster with his previous AE students Amanda Smith and Joanne Taquero: “The Efficacy and Safety of Transition to Subcutaneous Insulin Management from Intravenous Insulin Infusion: Patients Presenting With Sepsis at a Community Teaching Hospital ICU.”

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius presented a poster with our PharmD 2011 candidate Matthew Rim. Matthew Hyunwoo Rim, Freny Vaghaiwalla Mody, Cynthia A. Jackevicius. Secondary prevention program for patients with heart disease: Evaluation of patients in the comprehensive atherosclerosis management program (CAMP).

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

The work of CVM’s Veterinary Ambulatory Community Service (VACS) team is featured in the Jan/Feb edition of the Humane Society of the United States’ magazine Animal Sheltering. Click here to view the story.

Veterinarian and Assistant Professor Dr. Frank Bossong was awarded a grant of $1,000 by “Pets for the Homeless” (Carson City, Nev.) to support vaccines and medicines. Dr. Bossong supervises delivery of veterinary services from our VACS vehicle in conjunction with our Clinical Skills courses involving Year 1 and Year 2 veterinary students.

Veterinary Assistant Professor Dr. Pedro Diniz authored two sections in the recent 2nd edition of “Clinical Advisor: Dogs and Cats” by Etienne Cote. The sections, titled “Anaplasmosis” and “Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis,” are products of Dr. Diniz’s research and clinical interests. The complete citation for this book is Clinical Advisor: Dogs and Cats, Etienne Cote. 2nd Edition 2011, Mosby ISBN: 978-0-323-06864-2.

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