From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

A proposal by Dr. Edward J. Wagner and Dr. Beatrice Saviola to run a three-day research program in its entirety was accepted by the Research Council for the American Osteopathic Association. The research program is divided into three themes:

Theme 1: Neurodegenerative Disease: how much closer are we to being able to stem the progressive tide?

Theme 2: Host-Pathogen Interactions-new insights into the body’s inherent ability to promote well being and respond to therapy

Theme 3: Therapeutic Utility of Cannabinoid Ligands: how do they work, and who would benefit?

There are 5-6 distinguished speakers for each theme, including Drs. Xiaoning Bi, Saviola, Vishwanath Venketaraman, Andrew Pumerantz, Vaibhav Tiwari, Wagner, Nissar Darmani, Michael Seffinger and Daniel Pearce from COMP.

Dr. Daniel Pearce is co-author of the following publication: The effects of intermittent, CD4-guided antiretroviral therapy on body composition and metabolic parameters. Martinez E, Visnegarwala F, Grund B, Thomas A, Gibert C, Shlay J, Drummond F, Pearce D, Edwards S, Reiss P, El-Sadr W, Carr A; for the INSIGHT SMART study group. AIDS. 2010 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20057309

WSMRF Carmel Research Presentations

COMP students will be giving practice presentations in preparation for their upcoming trip to Carmel for the largest medical student research conference on the West Coast. All WesternU students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Seating capacity is 125 and food will be served. The presentations, running Jan. 20-21 and 25-26, will be held in HEC COMP Room (1205A) (first floor).

Click here for a complete schedule.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad taught the two-day Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program from the American Physical Therapy Association. The course was held last weekend at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia for 24 participants with Dorcas Tominaga, PT, DPT ’06, serving as the course co-instructor.


“Management of Chronic Back Pain: How are We Doing?” presented by Charles Line, PT, DPT, OCS

Thursday, Jan. 21, 11-11:50 a.m., University Research Center, Trendle Hall. A feedback form will be provided upon your arrival and we appreciate your time completing the form.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Janice Hoffman presented on “The Psychedelic 60s: Assessment and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse in the Elderly” at the 4th Annual “Promising Practices: Shaping the Future for Mental Health and Aging” conference, held at CSUN and attended by Mental Health and geriatrics practitioners from L.A., Ventura and Orange Counties.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius had an invited talk at the National Conference of State Legislatures, titled: “Medication Adherence and Chronic Disease Management.” The session was on Improving Women’s Health Through the Prevention, Detection and Management of Chronic Disease and was attended by state Senators and Representatives from about 30 different states who were interested in applying the information presented on issues related to medication adherence to their state Medicaid policies as well as thinking about how to incorporate the ideas into patient education opportunities.

Veterinary anesthesiologist and associate professor Dr. Lyon Lee has co-authored a textbook for Korean veterinarians and students, and anticipates translation of this text to English in the future. The discussion is relevant to physiology, pharmacology and anesthesiology and fills a void between classical discipline textbooks and veterinary practice regarding blood pressure regulation and monitoring techniques. In the preface to this book, Dr. Lee expresses his gratitude for support from faculty and staff of CVM for this collaborative work as it would not have been possible without his summer work in Seoul each year.

The complete citation is: Clinical Insights of Blood Pressure Measurement in Small Animals: Essential Facts of Blood Pressure in Dogs and Cats, Changbaig Hyun and Lyon Lee. Publisher: Careside Korea, Seoul; Publication date: Dec 15 2009

ISBN: 978-89-92561-08-2

Veterinary parasitologist and Professor Dr. Malika Kachani has been invited by the World Health Organization to be an external reviewer of the World Health Organization Strategy for the Management of Zoonotic Public Health Risks at the Human Animal Interface, also referred to as the WHO Zoonosis Strategy. Dr. Kachani has worked extensively with the WHO in support of her studies on hydatid diseases, and community-based health education in several African and South American countries. It is an honor to see one of Western University’s faculty members entrusted with an aspect of the future directions in international disease management strategy.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Tiffenie Harris will be awarded the California Optometric Association Award for Excellence in Optometric Education at the COA Awards Breakfast on Jan. 30 in Ontario. The purpose of the award is to recognize an optometric educator from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, Southern California College of Optometry and Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry who has demonstrated ongoing and consistent excellence in the education of optometry students.

Each candidate nominated for the award was judged primarily by his or her abilities and excellence in the teaching of optometry students. The strength of a candidacy was enhanced by their contributions in: scholarship that enhances optometric education, organizational work that enhances optometric education and teaching continuing education, distance learning, etc.

Optometry Seminar

“Plasticity in the Visual System: Auditory Biofeedback Training,” presented by Samantha Slotnick, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Wednesday, Jan. 20, noon to 1 p.m. in HEC – Classroom E. Lunch will be provided. Please reserve a seat via e-mail at or by phone at ext. 3506.

From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

Citrus Exhibit

The Pumerantz Library is hosting an exhibit titled “Citrus and Health.” The collection is being presented by Richard Barker, retired banker and founder and president of the Citrus Roots – Preserving Citrus Heritage Foundation. The collection depicts the history of the citrus industry and the impact of citrus on health. Among the items on display are citrus crate labels, magazine advertisements, photographs, journal articles and reamers. The collection will be on display through February in the library’s lobby and museum room.