WesternU, Pomona Unified promote student health

Western University of Health Sciences joined with the Pomona Unified School District to educate students and parents about health issues at the first Student Well Being Conference Jan. 23, 2013 in Pomona, Calif.

The conference, organized by PUSD, linked children and families to health, mental health and other services in an effort to improve wellness in support of student success. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss in the U.S., but it is also a silent disease that can only be detected in its early stages by an eye examination. Western University of Health Sciences is joining the National Eye Institute in promoting Glaucoma Awareness Month in January. WesternU encourages people to visit its Eye Care Center, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766, for a comprehensive eye exam. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius published the following: Krumholz HM, Jackevicius CA, Ross JS. Tamiflu: 14 seasons and still questions. BMJ 2013;346: f547 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f547 (Published 25 January 2013). Click here to view the article.

Pilote L, Eisenberg MJ, Essebag V, Tu JV, Humphries KH, Leung SSL, Tsadok MA, Behlouli H, Guo H, Jackevicius CA. Temporal trends in medication use and outcomes in atrial fibrillation. Can J Cardiol 2013; (online ahead of print).

Green J, Ross J, Jackevicius C, Shah N, Krumholz H. When choosing statin therapy. The case for generics. JAMA Intern Med 2013; online ahead of print. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1529.

Dr. Stephanie Liang was the primary author on the publication “Recent changes in acetaminophen products,” a CE article for pharmacy technicians. It was co-authored by Christine Nguyen, pharmacy technician at the PCC and Dr. Karl Hess, her residency program director. Click here to view the publication.

Dr. Bik Tai, Dr. Law’s fellow, was awarded the Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM) designation.

Dr. Don Vu, Dr. Min’s fellow, had the following publications published online ahead of print: Shah T, Vu D, Tellez-Corrales E, Hutchinson IV, Naraghi R, Min DI. Effects of Mycophenolic acid on Highly Sensitized Patients Awaiting Kidney Transplant” Transplantation. Transpl Immunol 2012; Nov 17. [Epub] PubMed PMID:23165213.

Vu D, Tellez-Corrales E, Sakahrkar P, Kissen MS, Shah T, Hutchinson IV, Min DI. Impact of NF-kB gene polymorphism on allograft outcomes in Hispanic renal transplant recipients. Transpl Immunol 2012 Nov 12 [Epub] PubMed PMID:23153769.

Vu D, Sakahrkar P, Tellez-Corrales E, Shah T, Hutchinson IV, Min DI. Association of Vitamin D binding protein polymorphism with long-term kidney allograft survival in Hispanic transplant recipients. Mol Biol Rep 2012 Oct 17. [Epub] PubMed PMID:23070913.

Co-authors also included Dr. Eglis Tellez-Corrales, Dr. Min’s former fellow.

WesternU Pharmacy newsletter

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

A paper titled “A 37 year old cold case identification using novel and collaborative methods,” by Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM and her co-authors, appears in this month’s Journal of Forensic Identification. Click here to view the paper.

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, COMP-Northwest Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, completed a year-and-a-half project with an international team he was invited to join. The Delphi panel team was made up of clinical anatomists and clinicians who created a core syllabus for the teaching of head and neck anatomy to medical/dental students. This work has just been submitted for publication.

Dr. Benninger gave a presentation to the Lebanon Optimist Club on the outreach research projects that the Lebanon anatomy department offers. As a result, a vital connection was made providing access to engage with the Native Americans from the Mid-Willamette Valley region, nurturing the relationship between COMP-Northwest and their community.

Dr. Benninger and Nik Matsler provided an injection workshop utilizing needle guided ultrasound technique for the Family Practice Club in the anatomy lab at COMP-Northwest. Twenty-five first- and second-year students were able to continue learning clinically relevant techniques using ultrasound with the donor cadaver patients. Dr. Benninger continues to break new ground using ultrasound with cadaveric tissue.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Optometry faculty presented the following posters at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas on Jan. 24-27, 2013: “Educational Effectiveness of Digital Imaging in Optometric Pre-Clinical Contact Lens and Anterior Segment Instruction” by Tiffenie Harris, Donald Egan, Frank Spors, and Nataly Fahim.

“Empirical Design of Custom Soft Contact Lenses for Challenging Patients,” by Donald Egan, Frank Spors, Lance McNaughton and Matthew Lampa (Pacific University College of Optometry).

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Volunteer activities

The College of Podiatric Medicine volunteered at UCLA’s Happy Feet Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission on Jan. 26.

CPM will be volunteering for procedures during an 18-mile race at Hansen Dam for Students Run Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013.

From University Advancement:

Alumni news

The WesternU Alumni Association hosted a reception in San Diego on Wednesday, Jan. 23 during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. College of Allied Health Professions Dean Stephanie Bowlin and more than 70 alumni, students, faculty and staff enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar, as alumni re-connected with one another and their former faculty members and networked with current students.

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