Western Diabetes Institute, NHS Scotland forge international collaboration to improve diabetes care

The Western Diabetes Institute (WDI) at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) is collaborating with the National Health Service Scotland (NHS Scotland) to enhance the visualization, personalization and communication of diabetes patients’ health conditions, promote self-management, and ultimately to improve health care outcomes.

WDI is working with NHS Scotland to implement a modified version of the Diabetes Cross-Disciplinary Index (DXDI) health scorecard into the award-winning Scottish Care Information-Diabetes Collaboration (SCI-DC) platform.

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2nd Annual EMIG Symposium

The WesternU Emergency Medicine Interest Group will hold the 2nd annual EMIG Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14, 2015 on WesternU’s Pomona campus.

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From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

New WesternU study explores links between patterns of brain activity and learning mechanisms

A paper by a team of Western University of Health Sciences researchers sheds new light on how rhythmic brain activity affects learning and memory.

“”Different Patterns of Electrical Activity Lead to Long-Term Potentiation by Activating Different Intracellular Pathways,”” by Guoqi Zhu, Yan Liu, Yubin Wang, Xiaoning Bi and Michel Baudry, was published in the Journal of Neuroscience Jan. 14, 2015.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

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Dr. Karl Hess and his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students for the 2015 TEAM series published the following: Briones C, Dai J, Diaz V, Nguyen T and Hess K. The Technician’s Role in Pharmacy-Based Vaccination Programs. Pharmacy TEAM Series, CEI, 2015.

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Another example of APPE student-faculty work: Kitty Huynk (P4) and Dr. Sheryl L. Chow published a paper describing the potential role of C-reactive protein to guide therapy in patients with heart failure. Huynk K, Van Tassell B, Chow SL. Predicting therapeutic response in patients with heart failure: the story of C-reactive protein. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. Early online, 1-9 (2015).doi:10.1586/14779072.2015.1000307.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

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Veterinary anesthesiologist and associate professor Dr. Lyon Lee was recently appointed to serve on the Cut Score Panel of the Examination Committee, the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA). The panel consists of ACVAA Diplomates with expertise in various subspecialties in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia and is responsible for making sure the board certification testing is fair for the candidates. He is also serving as a member of the Education Committee, which selects topics in continuing education for the ACVAA annual scientific meeting and identifies speakers for the chosen topics. The Education Committee also recommends CE topics and speakers in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia for many national and international veterinary conferences and meetings.

Dr. Lee was invited to present five anesthesia talks at the 12th World Congress of Veterinary Anesthesiology in Kyoto, Japan from Sept 1-5, 2015. This scientific conference covers extensive topics and current research in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia and provides continuing education for specialists and general practitioners. The titles of Dr. Lee’s presentations include “”General anesthesia in horses: injectables or inhalants?”” and “”Effective use of inhalant anesthetics in dogs and cats.””

Dr. Ana Alcaraz recently served as a keynote speaker at the ll Gross Morbid Pathology Course/VII CL Davis Symposium in Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil. This course is a biannual effort of the Brazilian College of Veterinary Pathology to enhance the diagnostic skills of the members. Dr. Alcaraz also spoke at the UNESP, Botucatu/SP, Brazil at the Faculty Training Seminars. Dr. Alcaraz spoke on student-centered learning and PBL as an instructional strategy.

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CVM Professor Joe Bertone and CVM student China Prentice Corum published the following: China Prentice Corum, Maja Wichtowski, Suzanne Hetts, Dan Estep, JJ Bertone. “”Swimming Kinematic and Flotation Analysis of Conscious and Sedated Dogs Using 3 Canine Flotation Devices. Topics in Companion Animal Medicine.”” Published Online: January 06, 2015. DOI:


Dr. Bertone and CVM students attended a special breakfast session and gave an abstract presentation: Slaughter KM, Halland S, Schur L, Wagner B, Danielle Demel, Bertone JJ. “”Humoral response of Borrelia burgdorferi outer surface protein A (OspA) vaccine via the subcutaneous and transdermal route in horses.”” This presentation was in preparation to submit to American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention 2015 and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) scientific program 2015.

Dr. Bertone, Dr. David Kersey and CVM student S. Mercer had an abstract presentation accepted by the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior (IFAAB) 2015. “”Evaluation of wellbeing parameters in New York City carriage horses.”” Submitted to VBS 2015. Preparation for submission to ACVIM scientific program 2015 and, AAEP annual convention, 2015.

Dr. Bertone had an abstract presentation accepted by IFAAB 2015, “”Sleep deprivation in horses.””

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

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The second edition of the textbook Foot and Ankle Radiology, authored and edited by Robert A. Christman, DPM, EdM, has been published and is now available from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Wolters Kluwer Health). It includes contributions from several College of Podiatric Medicine faculty, including Diane Koshimune, DPM (Fractures and Related Conditions: Fundamentals); Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, Francis Chan, DPM, & Aksone Nouvong, DPM (Classification of Fractures and Dislocations); and Jacqueline Truong, DPM, MPH (Normal Development & Developmental Variants).

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