Welcome Week 2019

Western University of Health Sciences will hold Welcome Week activities for its Lebanon, Oregon campus July 29-Aug. 2 and for its Pomona, California campus Aug. 5-10. Welcome Week is set aside to help new students successfully navigate the campus and take advantage of available services. Please see the Welcome Week Schedule for program-specific dates and times.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
COMP-Northwest hosted a three-day Summer Health Immersion Program (SHIP) led by COMP-Northwest student Austin Kleint as an extension to the Lebanon Health Career Ladder Program (LHCL) July 11-13, 2019. Twenty high school students from the local and surrounding areas attended the SHIP program. Students received CPR training at the adjoining Linn-Benton Community College Health Occupations Center and they attended hands-on stations at COMP-Northwest to learn about blood glucose tests, urinalysis, and X-rays. Additional activities included the use of the otoscope and ophthalmoscope, lectures on blood oxygen and the importance of diet and nutrition, and a medical-related Escape Room exercise. Click here to read more in the Lebanon Express: https://lebanon-express.com/news/local/comp-nw-hosts-summer-health-immersion-program/article_7c2687a8-bc55-5967-ad3f-5edf6642047d.html

Thierra K. Nalley, PhD, and Jeremiah E. Scott, PhD, both of COMP, published a paper in the Journal of Human Evolution investigating vertebral growth in humans, apes, and fossil hominins. Their results indicate that early human ancestors grew their spinal columns like modern humans, which has implications for the evolution of bipedality.

Nalley, T. K., Scott, J. E., Ward, C. V., & Alemseged, Z. (2019). Comparative morphology and ontogeny of the thoracolumbar transition in great apes, humans, and fossil hominins. Journal of Human Evolution, 134, 102632. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248418304329



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CPM Dean Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, recently edited the third edition of a popular text in podiatric medicine, The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine Review Text in Podiatric Orthopedics & Medicine. Her co-editor is Daniel Evans, DPM, a professor at Rosalind Franklin University, Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago. Both editors are past presidents of the college referenced in the title. The text is most often used to prepare to sit for the podiatric medicine board exams for certification.



From the College of Health Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Department of Health Sciences Assistant Professor Rosana Bravo, PhD, MPH, was selected as a 2019 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar. The Health Disparities Research Institute is scheduled to take place August 12-16, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. She was selected based on her interest in becoming a health disparities research scholar and her accomplishments to date.

The goal of the Health Disparities Research Institute is to provide participants with a broad overview of the leading issues facing minority health and health disparities research and stimulate discussion of proposed research projects. Activities will include lectures, seminars, interactive sessions, and small group discussions with leading scientists and NIH staff.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to the following Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, postdoctoral fellows and MSPS/PharmD alumnus and students and their collaborators on their recent accomplishments:

Lyna Luo, PhD, along with her lab members/collaborators Postdoctoral Fellow Wesley Botello-Smith, PhD, Visiting Scholar Wenjuan Jiang, PhD, MSPS, student and alumna Han Zhang and Payal Chatterjee on their publications:

Botello-Smith WM, Luo Y. Robust Determination of Protein Allosteric Signaling Pathways. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 2019;15(4):2116-26. doi: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b01197.  Link to Abstract

Zhang H, Jiang W, Chatterjee P, Luo Y. Ranking Reversible Covalent Drugs: From Free Energy Perturbation to Fragment Docking. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. 2019;59(5):2093-102. doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.8b00959.  (This article is part of the Women in Computation Chemistry special issue.) Link to Abstract

Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, along with his collaborators at Northwest University in Xi’an China on their publication: Zhang Y-J, Wang W-M, Oelschlaeger P, Chen C, Lei J-E, Lv M, Yang K-W. Real-Time Monitoring of NDM-1 Activity in Live Bacterial Cells by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry: A New Approach To Measure Inhibition of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. ACS Infectious Diseases. 2018;4(12):1671-8. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.8b00147.

Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, along with his lab members/collaborators former postdoctoral fellow Mohammad Faheem, PhD, MSPS, alumnus Charles Zhang and PharmD student Monica Morris on their most recent poster presentation: Faheem M, Zeil C, Zhang CJ, Morris MN, Pleiss J, Oelschlaeger P. Synonymous mutations in TEM beta-lactamase genes: are they silent or noisy? Poster session present at American Society for Microbiology Microbe 2019. 2019 June 20-24; San Francisco, Calif.

Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, has also been invited to be a guest editor for the Biomolecules’ Special Issue “Beta-Lactamases: Sequence, Structure, Function and Inhibition.”

Congratulations to the following Pharmacy Practice and Administration faculty and their collaborators:

Dr. David Min and his colleagues described the prevalence and onset of posttransplant thrombocytopenia, and the associated genetic and clinical risk factors. Choi KH, Chang Y, Shah T, Min DI. Analysis of genetic and clinical risk factors of post-transplant thrombocytopenia in kidney allograft recipients. Transplant Immunology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trim.2019.04.001

Assistant Professor Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD, MPH, BCPP, and COP alumna Monica Aguilar, PharmD ’18, MS, examined the outcomes of long-acting injectable antipsychotics in relation to inpatient and psychiatric encounters. Aguilar M, Malcolm B. Effect of long-acting aripiprazole monohydrate on inpatient encounters: A retrospective mirror image study. Ment Health Clin [Internet]. 2019;9(4):258-62. DOI: 10.9740/mhc.2019.07.258.



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing alumna publishes maternal health crisis textbook
Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) alumna Lisa R. Roberts, DrPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CHES, published a graduate-level nursing text and professional clinical reference on the escalating crisis in maternal health.

Anderson, B. A., & Roberts, L. R. (2019).  The maternal health crisis in America: Nursing implications for advocacy and practice. New York, NY:  Springer Publishing Company. https://www.springerpub.com/the-maternal-health-crisis-in-america-9780826140722.html

“The maternal health crisis in the U.S. is important for nursing students and professional clinicians to be aware of—it comes as rather a shock to many, that we have the highest maternal mortality among developed nations—and our understanding of the crisis must evolve to inform advocacy and change in practice,” Roberts said.

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From WesternU Health:

Kudos on accomplishments
Faculty from WesternU Health (Dr. Ochoa and Dr. Barnes) conducted two research projects with students and faculty from COMP, CPM and GCBS. Both projects were selected for presentation at the 3rd Annual Heart in Diabetes CME Conference, which was held in Philadelphia, Pa. July 12-14. In effort to present the findings, two infographic posters were created:

“Renaming Prediabetes Based on Patient Perception of the Disease in Order to Improve Patient Compliance and Outcomes,” by Clinical Research Developer/Data Quality Analyst Cesar Ochoa, MD, PhD, College of Podiatric Medicine alumnus Trent Brookshier,  DPM ’19, and Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD.

“Exploring the blood glucose monitoring knowledge in majority of Hispanic low-income population,” by Cesar Ochoa, MD, PhD, COMP students Argin Haritounian, Teodick Shahbandari and Rafik Mughnetsyan, Fanglong Dong, PhD, and COMP Associate Dean Edward Barnes, MD.