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This Week@WesternU, Jan. 14-18, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

January 14, 2013

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FACE: Faculty for Autism Collaboration

Western University of Health Sciences has formed a new organization on campus, FACE: Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education. Website:

The goal of this interprofessional team of educators, clinicians and researchers is to promote integrated perspectives, activities, and resources that serve to enhance the lives of individuals with ASD and their significant others, to help optimize function and promote the highest possible quality of life. Click here to read the full story.

Flu shots at the WesternU Pharmacy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that Influenza continues to increase in the United States, reporting elevated levels in most states. California has not yet experienced such an outbreak, but is expected to follow suit.

“You should get the flu shot now because it takes about two weeks to be fully effective,” said WesternU Pharmacy Director Rudolf Mireles, PharmD. “It’s conducive to take the flu shot now before we become a state in the red zone, because it will eventually hit us.”

The Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences, 795 E. Second Street, 1st Floor, Suite 1, has about 150 flu vaccines available and can get more within two days, Mireles said.

Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Jeffrey Wang, who has been serving a grant reviewer for NCCAM/NIH for the past two years, has been invited to be an ad hoc reviewer for NIH’s Developmental Therapeutics (DT) Study Section. DT reviews applications addressing the experimental therapy of neoplastic diseases in in vitro systems and in vivo model systems, including some early-stage, pilot clinical trials. The major emphasis of this study section is on the rational development of novel therapeutic strategies that have a significant potential for early translation to the clinic.

Dr. Arezoo Campbell and MSPS alumna Sonali Shaligram have recently published: Shaligram S, Campbell A. “Toxicity of Copper Salts is Dependent on Solubility Profile and Cell Type Tested.” Toxicol In Vitro. 2012 Dec 31, 2013. You can access the article here.

Dr. Quang Le was awarded the prestigious AACP New Investigator Award for his proposal, “Cost-Effectiveness of Treatment Choices in a PTSD Doubly Randomized Preference Trial.” The funded amount is $9,635. Faculty in the first five years of their academic careers are eligible for submission towards this grant. Dr. O’Barr was among previous awardees at WesternU.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was co-author of a recent publication in JAMA User’s Guide, “How to use non-inferiority trials.” This publication is in keeping with her focus and expertise in EBM (of which Gordon Guyatt is a Guru) and it is indeed an honor to be among those who publish JAMA User’s Guides. JAMA is among the top high-impact journals in health care.

Congratulations to current MSPS student Mandy Liu, from Dr. Ying Huang’s lab, on her recently publication: Mandy Liu, Jeffery Fan, Steven Wang, Zhijun Wang, Charles Wang, Zhong Zuo, Moses Chow, Leming Shi, Zhining Wen and Ying Huang. Transcriptional profiling of Chinese medicinal formula Si-Wu-Tang on breast cancer cells reveals phytoestrogenic activity. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.2013, 13:11. A link to the article can be found here.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Professor and parasitologist Dr. Malika Kachani has been recognized on an international stage through several invitations to participate in the following:

She was invited by the World Health Organization to attend the Extraordinary Session of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG NTD) on Oct. 9, 2012 at the headquarters of the World Health Organization. The objective of the meeting was to reach a consensus on the STAG NTD report, to scorecard for monitoring progress on preventive chemotherapy and to prepare a UN resolution for the Executive Board and for the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO. All expenses were covered by WHO.

She was invited by the CDC to evaluate the Rabies Control program of the CDC in the USA and at the global level, on Oct. 29-30, 2012. She was a member of an international evaluation committee of six international experts.

On Nov. 21, she was invited by the WHO to be a member of their list of experts on zoonotic diseases. Being a member of this list is an honor, and the experts are tasked to share their expertise and knowledge with the WHO and inform them on important facts and progress that took place in their area of expertise.

She was invited by the USDA to attend the Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostic Course on Foreign Animal Diseases in Plum Island, on Dec 3-7. The USDA invited faculty that are involved in the Accreditation Program and teach Global Health in all veterinary schools in the USA and they covered the expenses associated with the course. This gave her an excellent opportunity to improve her Global Animal Health course.

Veterinary Assistant Professor, molecular biologist and biochemist Dr. Jijun Hao has published a review article titled “Current Stem Cell Delivery Methods for Myocardial Repair” in the journal of BioMed Research International (Volume 2013, Article ID 547902, The previous name of this journal was “Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology.” Dr. Hao is the corresponding author on this paper. The manuscript describes the background upon which Dr. Hao and collaborators have established their stem cell differentiation research.

Click here to view the manuscript.

Veterinary Business Management Association to hold 3rd Annual Symposium

The veterinary community is invited to WesternU’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) 3rd Annual Symposium on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 in HEC Lecture Hall 1. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Optometry:

College News

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Health Sciences Education News

Congratulations to Health Sciences students Jayzona Alberto and Amanda (Mandy) Brenner for having their abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the next meeting of the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) on April 17-19, 2013 in Orlando, Fla. The title of their abstract is “Building a better Tomorrowland: Empowering future health educators through the ‘Four I’s of Student Leadership.’”

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Kathy Zack, PT, Advanced Standing DPT student, was recently elected as one of five members to the California Physical Therapy Association Nominating Committee and begins her three-year term this month. Zack graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her degree in physical therapy and currently works at Beck and Cale Physical Therapy in San Luis Obispo.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, COMP-Northwest Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Family Practice, Neuromuscular Medicine, was invited to write a manuscript from his recent and current research to support a special issue on the foot and ankle and help coordinate expert authors regarding their specialty topic contributions.

From the Pumerantz Library:

“Paleo CSI” Exhibit and Speaker Series

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library would like to introduce the first of our “Paleo CSI” series speakers, Dr. Amy Chew. Dr. Chew will be presenting “Mammal Paleontology in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin” on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact the library at 909-469-5323 for more information.

Healthy at Every Age Programming

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library and the College of Allied Health Professions are providing the Healthy at every age: health information series at the Pomona Public Library.

For dates, times and topics please visit the library’s news and events blog.

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