WesternU students, faculty volunteer at Care Harbor LA
Care Harbor Los Angeles provided free medical, dental, vision and preventative care to more than 3,000 Angelenos who have nowhere to turn for the health care they need Jan. 20-22, 2017 in downtown Los Angeles. Western University of Health Sciences student volunteers provided a valuable community service while also learning about the importance of continuity of care, preventive medicine and compassion.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing taps new dean
Western University of Health Sciences has selected Mary Lopez, PhD, RN, as the College of Graduate Nursing’s (CGN) second dean.

Lopez has served as CGN’s interim dean since Founding Dean Karen Hanford, EdD, MSN, FNP, retired from the position in April 2016. Lopez said she is thrilled and humbled to serve as dean.

“Nursing has become more complex in ways that couldn’t have been imagined a generation ago. Now there’s an imperative to be not just a warm caregiver, and an excellent clinician, but a great innovator too,” she said. “The demands of health care are calling for a new generation of thinkers and leaders who want to be agents of care innovation on interprofessional teams. That’s why nursing education has such a crucial role to play.

“Health care will change as our new president of the United States takes office.  Being able to lead an excellent team of faculty and staff as the dean of CGN is an opportunity to make an innovative difference in the lives of students, patients, the community, and our national health care environment.”

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU COMP-Northwest hosts osteopathic student government leaders
Students from all 38 osteopathic medical colleges across the United States visited Lebanon last week for a conference focused on student government leadership.

The conference for the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) touched on a variety of topics, including mental health awareness, women in leadership, and political advocacy. The conference culminated with a student service project: trail maintenance at McDowell Creek Falls County Park.

A research symposium for medical students was held in conjunction with the conference. More than 13 projects were submitted to the symposium.
COMP-Northwest students Zachary Kerosky, Christopher Jurief, and Jonathan Kersh won first-place honors during the symposium. The winning students’ research was titled “The Comparative Response of Human Neuroblastoma and Stem Cell Cultures to Environmental Toxins.” The research compared two neural cell culture models and how the models responded to known environmental toxins.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
The second annual College of Podiatric Medicine Lawrence B. Harkless Dean’s Distinguished Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, will give the keynote presentation, “Higher Education, Healthcare and The Future of America.” Click here to view a flier.


Kudos on accomplishments
CPM Assistant Professor David Shofler, DPM, MSHS, and CPM alumna Midori Higashi, DPM ’15, published an article, “Reliability of Visual Estimation of the First Intermetatarsal Angle,” in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Click here to view the article online.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to Dr. David Min, Dr. Marie Davies and Dr. Benjamin J. Malcolm for the following publications:

Cicciarelli JC, Lemp N, Chang Y, Koss M, Hacke K, Kasahara N, Burns K, Min D, Naraghi  R and Shah T. Renal Transplant Patients Biopsied for Cause and Tested for C4d, DSA, IgG Subclasses, and C1q: Which Humoral Markers Improve Diagnosis and Outcomes,  Journal of Immunology Research,  January 15, 2017 (article #1652931, online publication).

Chang Y, Shah T, Yang JW, Min DI. Association of genetic polymorphisms of angiopoietin-like 4 with proteinuria in kidney allograft recipients. Transplant Immunology, Nov.19, 2016 (online publication). Dr. Youngil Chang is Dr. Min’s current Fellow and Dr. Yang is his past Fellow.

Schwier NC, Hale G, Davies ML. Treatment of Adults with Idiopathic Recurrent Pericarditis: Novel Use of Immunotherapy. Pharmacotherapy. 2017 Jan 12. doi: 10.1002/phar.1897. [Epub ahead of print].

Benjamin J. Malcolm and Kelly C. Lee (2017) Ayahuasca: An ancient sacrament for treatment of contemporary psychiatric illness?. Mental Health Clinician: January 2017, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 39-45. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.9740/mhc.2017.01.039


From the Pumerantz Library:

Book talk
The Pumerantz Library will host a book talk by Allen Callaci. His book, “Heart Like a Starfish,” is about his journey through emergency heart transplantation surgery and beyond. He will be on campus Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 in Compatriots Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Pomona campus faculty, staff and students can reserve a seat here. COMP-Northwest faculty, staff and students can view the live stream in Lecture Hall 2. Email reference@westernu.edu or call 909-469-5323 and ask for Reference for more information.