Vertigo study

An interprofessional team from Western University of Health Sciences is conducting a clinical research study on two intervention approaches for people with dizziness.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you have suffered from dizziness for more than three months. The purpose of the study is to determine if Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and/or Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) are helpful in patients suffering from dizziness.

Participants may receive OMT, VRT, both treatments, or become part of a control group. For more information or to see if you qualify, contact research coordinator Michelle Yim by phone at 909-469-8463 or by email at

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2012 Student Summer Research Awards

The office of Vice President for Research & Biotechnology granted student research awards to 27 students for 2012. Each student will receive $2,000. Click here for a full list of students, faculty mentors and project titles.

WesternU students lend a hand during National CPR Day

Registered nurses from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and WesternU nursing students Kristin Boone and Sabrina Barrios taught Hands Only CPR to the beat of a famous 1970s disco song at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce Thursday, June 7, 2012 in honor of National CPR Day. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Kudos on accomplishments

Scott Helf, DO, MSIT, Marcel Ngo, BS, and Joshua Roberts, BS, of the Academic Informatics team was named the “2012 Innovation Forum Winner” at the 2012 American Association of Medical Colleges, Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference on June 4, 2012 for the ePoster, “Academic Progress Portal: Catching Students Before they Fail.”

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Click here to read about COMP-Northwest’s End of the Year Celebration.

Fourth-year COMP student Jenny Amin published an article, “Acute-Onset Cerebellar Symptoms in Lhermitte-Duclos Disease: Case Report,” in the prestigious journal Cerebellum. This is in collaboration with former COMP students and alumni Arsineh Khachekian (Internal Medicine) and Omid Hariri (Neurosurgery) from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Click here to view the abstract.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Sara Wiese, DPT Class of 2014, recently appeared on the TV show “Let’s Make A Deal.” As part of her 48-hour wheelchair experience for the Psychosocial and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare class last fall, Sara ventured out to attend a taping of the show. Several audience members, including Sara, were approached at the end of the show and offered money if they could produce a certain object. While Sara did not have the required object, she did appear in costume in her wheelchair.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Peter Oelschlaeger recently published an article with colleagues from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Widmann M, Pleiss J, Oelschlaeger P. Systematic Analysis of Metallo-β-lactamases Using an Automated Database. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2012, 56(7):3481-3491. Click here to view the article.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Assistant Professor Joel M. Laudenbach, DMD, gave a two-hour presentation, “Oral Medicine & Older Adults,” which included oral cancer screening examination, lesion assessment, adjunctive technologies/biopsy techniques and medical risk assessment for older adults, at the California Area Indian Health Service, Annual Continuing Education Conference in Sacramento, Calif. on May 17.

From University Advancement:

New Alumni Connection

The June 2012 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. This edition features the latest news from WesternU, including the graduation of 749 new alumni at the University’s Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena, a new program to help students and alumni manage their debt, upcoming events and college-specific information. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at


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