Celebration of Life for Dr. Pumerantz

A Celebration of Life for Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Those unable to attend will be able to video stream it live at: https://youtu.be/uyCTLQmB2Y4

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From the College of Pharmacy:

CASE honors WesternU RxBound publication
Western University of Health Sciences’ RxBound magazine won the CASE District VII Award of Excellence Silver Award in Special Constituency Magazines.

RxBound is a joint effort of the College of Pharmacy (COP), University Advancement and University Public Affairs, and is published biannually for alumni, faculty, students and friends of the College of Pharmacy.

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Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to the following Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty and their collaborators on their most recent accomplishments:

Dr. Lyna Luo and her collaborators, postdoctoral fellow Dr. Wesley Botello-Smith, MSPS Alumni Abdelaziz Alsamarah and Payal Chatterjee, College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff Dr. Jijun Hao, Dr. Chen Xie, and GCBS faculty Dr. Jerome Lacroix published: Botello-Smith WM, Alsamarah A, Chatterjee P, Xie C, Lacroix JJ, Hao J, Luo Y. Polymodal allosteric regulation of Type 1 Serine/Threonine Kinase Receptors via a conserved electrostatic lock. PLOS Computational Biology. 2017;13(8):e1005711. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005711. Link to Article

Dr. Arezoo Campbell and her collaborators, Dr. Steven Bondy (UCI), MSPS Alumni Bishop Bliss and Kevin Tran, Dr. Constantinos Sioutas (USC) published two articles: Bondy CS, Campbell A. Water Quality and Brain Function. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018;15(1). doi: 10.3390/ijerph15010002. Link to Article

Bliss B, Tran KI, Sioutas C, Campbell A. Ambient ultrafine particles activate human monocytes: Effect of dose, differentiation state and age of donors. Environmental Research. 2018;161:314-20. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.11.019.

Congratulations to the following Pharmaceutical Practice and Administration faculty and their collaborators:

Drs. Jaejin An and Craig Cheetham published an article based on a study with Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Genentech. An J, Niu F, Turpcu A, Rajput Y, Cheetham TC. Adherence to the American Diabetes Association retinal screening guidelines for population with diabetes in the United States. Ophthalmic Epidemiology. 2018:1-9.


Dr. Josephine Aranda published an article she worked on during her fellowship year at Purdue where she was involved with Indiana’s statewide residency teaching certificate program committee. Folz HN, Sprunger TL, Sheehan AH, Aranda J, Bozymski KM, Ramsey DC, Gonzalvo JD. Factors associated with mentor satisfaction among teaching and learning curriculum program participants [published online ahead of print Jan 12, 2018]. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018. doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2018.01.001


Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius recently wrote an Editorial that was just published: Elephant in the Room: Cost of Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9 Inhibitors. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2018;11:e004425. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.004425 http://circoutcomes.ahajournals.org/content/11/1/e004425.extract?cpetoc

She was Commenting on this paper: Prior Authorization Requirements for Proprotein Convertase. Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9 Inhibitors Across US Private and Public Payers  Jalpa A. Doshi, Justin T. Puckett, Michael S. Parmacek and Daniel J. Rader Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2018;11:e003939. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.003939 http://circoutcomes.ahajournals.org/content/11/1/e003939.abstract?cpetoc



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1.

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD, will present “Sisyphus and the Sailboat – The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.”

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Kudos on accomplishments
CPM Professor Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM, published an article in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association with Neil Patel, PhD, from the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and Israel Santander, an alum who graduated in 2017 and is now a first-year resident at MedStar Health Washington Medical Center. Labovitz J, Patel N, Santander I. Web-based Patient Experience Surveys to Enhance Response Rates: A Prospective Study. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 2017; 107(6): 516-521. Click here to view the article online.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM gave a public lecture on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Western Science Center in Hemet, Calif. titled, “Dinosaurs versus whales: what is the largest animal of all time?”


Medical Anatomy Center news
Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, has conducted several invited workshops and/or presentations at National Conferences and medical schools in China, Korea and the Philippine Islands during the past seven months as a Medical Education Futurist describing the philosophy and infrastructure for the future of integrating simulation, anatomy and imaging. His goal is to develop and create efficient evidence based e-learning. He is participating in creating a GUI (graphic user interface) program which integrates ultrasound with clinical examinations for smart phone operating systems.