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This Week@WesternU, Jan. 9-13, 2012

by Rodney Tanaka

January 9, 2012

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments:

Richard A. Sugerman, PhD, Professor of Anatomy, Emeritus, and Director, Service Learning Projects, co-authored a chapter in a book that was recently published in a revised edition: Sugerman, Richard A. and Sue E. Huether 2012. The Structure and Function of the Neurologic System. In: S. E. Huether and K. L. McCance (Editors). Understanding Pathophysiology. 5th ed., Elsevier.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, was recently a guest presenter for the Los Angeles Support Group of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Hudson-McKinney spoke on “Effective Exercise Strategies for Managing Dystonia” for this group that is open to persons with any form of dystonia, as well as their family members, friends, caregivers and others wishing to learn more about dystonia.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Kabir Lutfy obtained extramural funding from Astrea Therapeutics LLC to study “The role of MOP & NOP in motor suppressant actions of a series of novel NOP/MOP ligands.” The $28,480 award is for a one-year period from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

Congratulations to the laboratory of Dr. Fadi Khasawneh on their most recent publication: Espinosa E.V.P., Murad J.P., Ting H.J., and Khasawneh, F.T., “Mouse Transient Potential Channel 6: Role in Hemostasis and Thrombogenesis,” Biochem Biophys Res Commun., 2011 Dec 20.

The first author is postdoctoral fellow Enma (Veronica) Espinosa. Co-authors are current MSPS student John Murad and MSPS alumnus Harold Ting.

Dr. Doreen Pon had two of her patient care related stories (‘Diary of a Wimpy Pharmacist’ and ‘The Little Things’) published in a new book: “Nourishing the Soul of Pharmacy: Stories of Reflection” edited by TD Zlatic and William Zellmer; ACCP Publication; 2011.

Dr. Doreen Pon, along with the Western U ASHP/CSHP Cancer Awareness Subcommittee members, presented the results of their community service project, “Making a SCEne (Student-led Cancer Education in Early Teens) for Skin Cancer” at the ASHP meeting. The project was supported in part by a $5,000 grant awarded to the group by the California Dialogue on Cancer. As a result of the grant, the group will be able to expand their outreach program to four Pomona high schools in the coming year.

Dr. Mark Nguyen and our alumna, Dr. Stephanie Lu, presented an abstract at the ASHP Midyear meeting, in New Orleans, December 2011. A Retrospective Study on the Safety and Efficacy of a Diabetic Ketoacidosis/Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State Treatment Protocol at a Community-Teaching Hospital. Stephanie V. Lu, Huan (Mark) Nguyen, and Cathy Hirokawa

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Assistant Professor and microbiologist Dr. Miguel Saggese has been selected to be the Guest Editor for the Vol. 15: 1 January 2012 edition of the Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice, which is available online at and shortly will be available in print. The Veterinary Clinics of North America monograph series is a highly respected and widely read veterinary reference resource.

This monograph is dedicated to Mycobacteriosis in exotic and wild animals. A preface written by Dr. Saggese and nine articles are included. Besides guest editing this issue Dr. Saggese co-authored two articles, one with CVM veterinary pharmacologist Dr. Jennifer Buur, “Taking a rational approach in the treatment of avian mycobacteriosis,” and another with Drs. Bob Dahlhausen and Diego Soler Tovar, “Diagnosis of mycobacterial infections in the exotic pet patient with emphasis on bird.”

Laboratory animal veterinarian Dr. Diane McClure also contributed an article, “Mycobacteriosis in the Rabbit and Rodent.” Furthermore, an international group of specialist from USA, Portugal, India, Italy, and Germany (some of them already collaborating with our CVM faculty, such as Drs. H. Shivaprasad from UCD Davis and M. Schrenzel from SDZ) contributed six additional articles to the monograph.

Veterinary Assistant Professor and equine veterinarian Dr. Babak Faramarzi recently published a paper, “Morphological spectrum of primary epidermal laminae in the forehoof of Thoroughbred horses.”

Dr. Faramarzi conducts studies on the equine foot in motion and responding to stresses. In this paper he showed variations in laminar morphology at circumferential and proximodistal layers around the hoof. For the first time, this study showed that laminae bend to opposite directions at the medial and lateral sides of the left and right hooves, which is attributable to direction of the racetracks. It also reported bifurcation in the existing epidermal laminae which specify that not all changes occur at the level of the coronary band (equivalent to the cuticle in humans) as previously thought. This study provides evidence of the capability of the laminae to remodel and response to applied forces. A better understanding of laminar remodeling enables us to predict or even direct those changes in order to prevent/treat laminar pathology (such as seen in Laminitis). The complete citation is: Faramarzi, B. (2011) Morphological spectrum of primary epidermal laminae in the forehoof of Thoroughbred horses. Equine Veterinary Journal; 43 (6); 732-736.

From the Western Diabetes Institute:

Diabetes Education Classes

The Western Diabetes Institute (WDI) is offering a series of three diabetes education classes in January, both in English and Spanish, taught by the Diabetes Education team comprised of WesternU pharmacists and a Registered Dietitian.

English-speaking classes include: “What is diabetes? What do I really need to know?” 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

“Nutrition and eating with diabetes,” 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.

“Preventing complications of diabetes,” 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Spanish-speaking classes are each on the same subject but held on Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25 respectively.

While educational classes are open to the public, patients must sign-up for all three classes. Space is limited. To make an appointment, please call 909-469-8293. The WDI will offer these classes monthly.

The classes will be held on the second floor of the Patient Care Center, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

From University Advancement:

WesternU View

The latest edition of WesternU View is hot off the presses. Articles of note include: COMP-Northwest’s inaugural class, CGN’s $500,000 grant, MSHS’s 25th anniversary, and more. Click here to view the magazine online.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Library News

Were you aware that the Pumerantz Library can help you get CME credit? Through MDConsult you can get 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1™ and AOA Category 2-B credit.

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