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This Week@WesternU, July 14-18, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

July 14, 2014

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WesternU hosts high school students eager to learn about careers in health care

WesternU students and faculty hosted 45 high school students from across the world Thursday, July 10, 2014 at its Pomona, California campus.

National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Careers in Medicine is a high school summer medical program providing students opportunities to experience fields in medicine and health care, and the chance to explore health professional career opportunities, according to its website.

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From University Advancement:

Alumni Day is Aug. 9

This summer, the Alumni Office is inviting alumni to campus for Alumni Day on Saturday, Aug. 9. Taking place before and during the President’s Welcome BBQ, alumni and their guests will be led on campus tours to see how the campus has changed and grown since they graduated. They will also hear from a panel of current students about campus life today, before joining the new students on the Esplanade for a barbecue lunch.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Outstanding Faculty Awards

Congratulations to COMP’s Outstanding Faculty Award winners, as voted by their colleagues and by students.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Steven Lam, DO, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Daryl Traylor, MPH, and Eboni Anderson, MA, published the policy brief “”Primary Care Recommendations for Oral Health Care in HIV+ Patients”” under the Center for Oral Health.

Click here to read the policy brief.

From Western Diabetes Institute:

WDI collaboration

Western Diabetes Institute is featured as a collaborative innovator with ClickMedix in the UCLA Global Lab for Innovation profile of Mobile Care Delivery Systems.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Tracey McNamara gave an invited talk on “”The West Nile Outbreak of 1999 – One Health Approach to Emerging Infectious Disease”” to students and faculty members of the Colleges of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovenia. Dr. Pedro Diniz was also invited and spoke on “”Vector-borne Diseases: The One Health Importance of Bartonella spp. and Bartonellosis”” at the same venue.

Dr. Yiling Hong was recently notified that her intramural grant proposal titled, “”Direct Generation of Functional Neurons from Fibroblasts by Chemical Methods for Parkinson’s Disease Therapy”” was funded in the amount of $40,000. The submitted proposals were reviewed by the research committee following the outlined criteria in a true NIH initial review group (“”study section””) format, and scored accordingly.

Dr. Janis Joslin wrote a chapter, “”New World and Old World Monkeys,”” in the book Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine. This series is published every 10 years. The Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine book’s chapters are organized by taxonomic groups and cover the diagnosis and treatment of all zoo animal species and free-ranging wildlife, including amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and fish. Citation is: Calle PP, Ott Joslin j: New World and Old World Monkeys In Miller, RE, Fowler, ME, editors: Fowler’s Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, vol 8, ed 1, St. Louis, MO 2014. Saunders, pp 301-335. Dr. Joslin was asked to write all of the tables for the chapter.

Dr. Tracey McNamara also contributed to the publication. McNamara, T: “”Updates on West Nile Virus.”” In Miller, RE, Fowler, ME, editors: Fowler’s Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, vol 8, ed 1, St Louis, MO 2014. Saunders, pp 710-713.

Dr. Wael Khamas is a consultant on a NIH/NCI R15 award recently received by Dr. Sunil Prabhu (PI), College of Pharmacy, and his colleagues for the grant proposal titled “”Combinatorial Nanotechnology-based Regimens for Pancreatic Cancer Chemoprevention.”” The three-year award, beginning this academic year, is for $438,000. Colleagues from the College of Pharmacy, Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, and City of Hope, as well as a post-doctoral scientist are also involved in this award.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Brad Andresen on his $40,000 intramural grant award for his proposal, “”Investigation of GRK4gamma protein-protein interactions.”” This work is in collaboration with Dr. Craig Adams, Assistant Director-Center for Biomarker Research at the Keck Graduate Institute.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Doctor of Physical Therapy students receive a warm thank you

Second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students Austen Turner, Arvind Devgan and Kenny Luc received a surprise gift when they met the subject of their “”Patient Evaluation”” practical. Chino resident Marsha Gall gave them each purple beanie caps knitted by her cousin.

“”They’re worth it because they work so hard,”” Gall said. “”They set a goal and they accomplish it.””

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