From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP Professor James May leaves lasting legacy
As the architect of Western University of Health Sciences’ Commencement ceremonies, the designer of its anatomy labs, and an early adopter of computers on campus, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Anatomy Professor James May, PhD, has had an impact on just about every student who has walked the campus Esplanade.

“Dr. May has been a consummate leader here at WesternU.  He was an early pioneer in the effective use of computers in the teaching of histology, and for several terms served as chair of the faculty senate,” said WesternU Provost and Chief Operating Officer Gary Gugelchuk, PhD. “When issues arose, his calm, careful approach always gave me the confidence that, working together, they could be solved. The University has benefited greatly from his 35-plus years of dedicated service. His efforts have been a key component in building the University that it has become today.”

May, who also chairs COMP’s Anatomy Department, joined COMP in August 1981 and retired January 3, 2017.

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Care Harbor
The American Osteopathic Association’s magazine, The DO, wrote about COMP Director of Clinical Education Natalie Nevins’ involvement in Care Harbor, a nonprofit that promotes the health and well-being of underserved populations by creating new pathways to accessible, sustainable care. Dr. Nevins is encouraging health care providers to volunteer at Care Harbor Los Angeles Jan. 20-22, 2017 at The Reef exposition hall. Click here to read more:


Kudos on accomplishments 
Gail Singer-Chang, PsyD, Michael Seffinger, DO, Scott Helf, DO, MSIT, Natalie Nevins, DO, and Janice Blumer, DO, had their proposed presentation titled “Regarding Self Regard: Pilot Study Shows Key EQ Trait Declines During DO Training” accepted for presentation at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference to be held in April at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Md. The presentation is part of the ongoing research on health profession student emotional intelligence at COMP/WesternU that recently received an $82,000 research grant from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).


From the College of Optometry:

WesternU Eye Care Institute patient receives life-changing donation
Ontario resident Thelma Lindenbauer has a lot of catching up to do.

Lindenbauer, 92, was diagnosed four years ago with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older, according to the National Eye Institute. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.

Western University of Health Sciences’ Eye Care Institute (ECI) is helping Lindenbauer regain some of the independence she lost as her AMD progressed. An anonymous donor provided ECI with a Merlin desktop electronic video magnifier. The company that developed Merlin, Enhanced Vision, refurbished the unit to working condition, allowing WesternU to give it to Lindenbauer.

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to CDM Assistant Professor and Clinical Team Leader Jeffrey Lloyd, DDS, on being awarded a Fellowship by the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Board of Directors.  He will receive the award at the AO’s annual symposium in Orlando Florida on March 16, 2017. 


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Click here to read about the latest accomplishments from Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration faculty.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Curtis Eng published an article regarding Hepatitis B in captive chimpanzees, a common concern. The article citation: Laura Cummins Meals, Stephen R. Ross, Curtis Eng, and Kathryn C. Gamble (2016) Prospective Population Management for Hepatitis B in the Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes) SSP® Population. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, September 2016, Vol. 47 No 3 pp 711-716.

CVM Associate Professor Suzana Tkalcic has a research article published in Zoo Biology: A Retrospective Analysis of Mortality in Captive Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) From 1912 to 2014. Also involved in the research were Gabriella L. Flacke (School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia); Beatrice Steck (Zoo Basel, Basel, Switzerland); Kristin Warren (College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia); and Graeme B. Martin (School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia).


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
GCBS Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, in collaboration with Dr. Faramarzi (principal investigator, College of Veterinary Medicine) and other CVM colleagues, had a paper accepted for publication. Their study analyzed the possibility of acupuncture in horse with chronic laminitis. Faramarzi B, Lee D, May K, Dong F. Response to acupuncture treatment in horses with chronic laminitis. Canadian Veterinary Journal (In Press).

Dr. Dong, in collaboration with Dr. Elia, Dr. Miulli and other colleagues from the neuroscience department at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, had a publication accepted. Their study focused on effort of correctly identifying spinal orthotics among nurse education to minimize complications. Elia C, Huynh K, Dong F, Miulli D. Proper Education on Spinal Orthotics, A Way to Minimize Associated Complications – A multi-center study at three trauma hospitals. Journal of Trauma Nursing (In Press).

Dr. Dong, in collaboration with Drs. Singer-Chang, Seffinger and other COMP colleagues, had a poster presentation accepted in the 2017 AACOM and AODME annual conference. Singer-Chang G,  M, Helf S, Nevins N, Blumer J, Dong F. Regarding Self Regard: Pilot Study Shows Key EQ Trait Declines During DO Training. Poster Presentation at Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. April 26-29, 2017.


From University Advancement:

WesternU View
The latest edition of WesternU View is now available, featuring a cover story on the College of Dental Medicine’s partnership with First 5 LA. Click here to read the magazine. Click here to view past editions of the View and other WesternU publications. Magazines are available for free in magazine racks throughout campus.