From the College of Optometry:

College of Optometry receives leadership award

The Student Optometric Leadership Network honored WesternU’s College of Optometry with the 2014 Preston Cup Award, which recognizes excellence in leadership and contribution to students and private-practice optometry.

“”It is an honor to be awarded the Preston Cup by our peers as we all strive to encourage and grow the excellence in leadership and private-practice optometry,”” said William To, president of Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry private practice club. “”Being one of the newest optometry colleges, WesternU has gone above and beyond, providing optometric students with amazing opportunities.””

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Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Bennett McAllister’s poster presented at the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting is featured in a story on’s Primary Care Optometry News.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Peter Oelschlaeger and his collaborator, Dr. John Buynak (PI) from SMU, received funding on their NIH/NIAID R15 grant titled, “”Bicyclic beta-Lactam Antibiotics as Poor Substrates for Metallo-beta-lactamases.””

The three-year, $438,212 grant includes $144,540 to support Dr. Oelschlaeger’s consortium study, which aims to establish the minimal structural features required for carbapenems and other bicyclic beta-lactams to be hydrolyzed by subclass b1 metallo-beta-lactamases. The goal is to provide information leading to the production of new carbapenems that are stable towards hydrolytic enzymes.

Dr. Oelschlaeger is attending the 12th Beta-Lactamase Meeting in Gran Canaria, Spain where he presented, “”Studying the effect of active site loop mutations in metallo-beta-lactamases on substrate specificity.”” Peter Oelschlaeger, Alecander E. LaCuran (MSPS student), Kevin M. Pegg, Eleanor M. Liu (MSPS alumna and current PharmD student).

Dr. Sunil Prabhu (PI) and his colleagues received an NIH/NCI R15 award to for the grant proposal titled “”Combinatorial Nanotechnology-based Regimens for Pancreatic Cancer Chemoprevention.”” Drs. Jeffrey Wang (College of Pharmacy) and Guru Betageri (Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences) are co-investigators on this grant. Dr. Arvind Thakkar serves as a post-doctoral scientist while Dr. David Ann (City of Hope) and Dr. Wael Khamas (College of Veterinary Medicine) serve as consultants to this grant. The three-year, $438,000 award began on July 2, 2014.

This is Dr. Prabhu’s third NIH grant since 2007. His research team has been recognized nationally as being at the forefront of cancer chemoprevention research using nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems.

Dr. Sheryl Chow served as program faculty, speaker, and case discussion moderator at an American Heart Association satellite symposium on diabetes and heart failure held at the Annual American Diabetes Association meeting in San Francisco on June 16. The session was well attended with more than 100 audience members consisting of endocrinologists, cardiologists, internists, nurses, and pharmacists.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius recently published a paper with collaborators from Creighton University, NE, in a special themed issue on Adherence for the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy. Estella M. Davis, Kathleen A. Packard, Cynthia A. Jackevicius. The Pharmacist Role in Predicting and Improving Medication Adherence in Heart Failure Patients. J Manag Care Pharm. 2014;20(7):741-55.

Dr. Jackevicius also published a manuscript based on funds received from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Watson Anemia Investigator Development Research Award granted in 2007.

Jackevicius CA, Co MJ, Warner A. Predictors of erythropoietin use in patients with cardio renal anemia syndrome. Int J Pharm Pract 2014; doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12133 (published online ahead of print).

Co-author, Dr. Mary Joana Co is a WesternU grad who helped with part of the study during her AE with Dr. Jackevicius. Dr. Co is currently a pharmacist at Providence St. Joseph Hospital. Co-author Alberta Warner is a VA cardiologist who is specializes in heart failure.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Lyon Lee will present two anesthesia seminars to small-animal practitioners at the Busan-Kyoungnam Annual Veterinary Conference in Seoul, Korea July 12-13. The first seminar is titled “”Considerations of General Anesthesia Induced with Injectables or Inhalants.”” The second seminar is titled “”Limitations of Physiologic Monitors During Anesthesia.”” Dr. Lee will also visit Seoul National University and Kangwon National University to carry out collaborative anesthetic research on dogs and horses with graduate students. While in Korea, Dr. Lee will visit Votem Incorporation and Woojung Sciences and carry out collaborative research on anesthetic monitoring and analgesia in laboratory animals.

Dr. John Tegzes, director of Interprofessional Education and professor of toxicology for the College of Veterinary Medicine, was featured in two recent news stories. He was interviewed by the Today Show for a story about a pet supply store owner’s decision to eat only pet food for a month.

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Dr. Tegzes was interviewed by Pasadena, California National Public Radio (NPR) station KPCC-FM (89.3) about the California ban on second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, a poison used to kill rodents.

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