From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP physiology professor Dr. Edward J. Wagner had his paper titled “The role of the NOP receptor in regulating food intake, meal pattern, and the excitability of proopiomelanocortin neurons” published in the peer-reviewed journal Neuropharmacology. Co-authors on the paper were: Borzoo Farhang (COMP 2010 graduate), Lindsay Pietruszewski (Dr. Wagner’s Research Associate) and Kabirullah Lutfy (COP collaborator). Congratulations to Dr. Wagner and his colleagues.

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP and CDM was one of 50 forensic anthropologists nationwide invited by the Department of Justice and Syracuse University to attend a conference on “Looking to the Future of Forensic Anthropology.” Among other attendees this weekend were members of the FBI and the Joint POW-MIA Central Identification Laboratory.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, and Allison Fitzsimons, DPT Class of 2012, both participated in the American Physical Therapy Association’s House of Delegates meeting held in Boston last week. Dr. Chaney was one of 33 delegates representing California while Ms. Fitzsimons was the one student elected to represent all PT students from the state. The three-day House of Delegates, held annually each spring, is the highest policy-making body of the APTA and is comprised of voting delegates elected from each state chapter.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Karl Hess recently published the following: Hess KM, Goad JA, Arguin P. Intravenous artesunate for the treatment of severe malaria (published ahead of print). Annals of Pharmacotherapy 15 June 2010, DOI 10.1345/aph.1M732.

Drs. Mark Nguyen and David Pham collaborated on a review article: H. M. Nguyen, A. J. Cutie, D. Q. Pham. How to manage medications in the setting of liver disease with the application of six questions. International Journal of Clinical Practice, June 2010, 64, 7, 858–867.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Schmidt for a job well done in organizing the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Symposium at Western University of Health Sciences. It is an honor to bring this national meeting of the national Evidence-Based Veterinary Medical Association to Western University’s campus. The meeting began on Sunday, June 13 with Pre-Conference Workshops conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine’s own Dr. Linda Kidd, who co-lead the workshops on “Clinical Trials-How To’s for Performing Clinical Trials and Studies in Your Practice.” The Symposium was held on Monday and Tuesday, June 14-15, and presenters included speakers throughout the nation as well as our CVM faculty team of Drs. Jennifer Buur, Peggy Schmidt, and Peggy Barr who presented on “Teaching Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine in an Integrated Curriculum.” Dr. Schmidt was assisted by Ms. Courtney Saenz and Ms. Stephanie Butler in organizing this successful event for the College. This event was generously sponsored by Abbott Animal Health, Hill’s, and Boehringer Ingelheim. The Symposium and Workshops were a great way to showcase our College and University faculty and campus. Congratulations to Dr. Schmidt, Ms. Saenz, Ms. Butler, and Drs. Kidd, Buur, and Barr for their efforts.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Western Podiatric Medical Congress

WesternU will have a strong presence at the Western Podiatric Medical Congress, one of the largest continuing medical education events for podiatrists in the United States. The four-day event, sponsored by the California Podiatric Medical Association, has nearly 1,000 registrants and more than 160 exhibitors and will take place June 24-27 at the Disneyland Resort Hotel and Convention Center.

CPM Assistant Professor Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, has served as chair of the event for three years. Dr. Andrew Pumerantz will be lecturing on the medical treatment of osteomyelitis, Dr. Aksone Nouvong will be part of the surgical panel on complicated cases and lead instructor for a hands-on workshop on Charcot foot reconstruction, and CPM Dean Lawrence Harkless will lecture on off-loading the diabetic foot and the use of skin graft substitutes in a hands-on workshop. Dr. Jeffrey Haupt will also be participating as an instructor in the arthroscopy workshop. Dr. Neil Paige, a clinical assistant professor for CPM, will also participate.

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From University Advancement:

CO Gift

The College of Optometry was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from The Alcon Foundation for vision care outreach to vulnerable populations in the greater Pomona area.

New Alumni Connection

The June 2010 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. The latest edition features the latest news on University and College events, the opening of the Patient Care Center, the University’s Commencement Ceremonies and more. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at