From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CDM alumnus Travis Bellicchi, DMD ’14, utilized digital technology to create a facial prosthesis for his patient, cancer survivor Shirley Anderson. This groundbreaking method, called the Shirley Technique, is now being utilized on other patients. Click here to view a video. Click here to read more.

CDM student Corey Stein, DMD ’18, MS, published an article, “A prototype mobile application for triaging dental emergencies,” in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The abstract can be found here:, and the full print article will be published in an upcoming issue.

In the June 2016  issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association, Assistant Professor Marisa Watanabe, DDS, MS, along with Director of Community Outreach Josih Hostetler, MSW, Statistician at USC Keck School of Medicine Yesha Patel, MPH, DMD 2017 Candidate Jessica Vergel de Dios, MS, DMD 2019 Candidate Marc Bernardo, MPH, and Director of the Medicaid|Medicare|CHIP| Service Dental Association Mary Foley RDH, MPH, published an article titled “The Impact of Risk-Based Care on Early Childhood and Youth Populations.” The full article can be found at:

At the end of last month, Dr. Watanabe presented at the national American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Joint Academic Day. The presentation was titled “Integrating Quality Improvement Principles into the Predoctoral Clinics.” This presentation was in conjunction with quality improvement principles learned during the DentaQuest Institute Early Childhood Caries Phase III Collaborative.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP Faculty Member Selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster
Dr. Beatrice Saviola, Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars. She will remain on the roster of highly regarded specialists for a period of five years. This recognition qualifies Dr. Saviola to be matched with project requests from overseas academic institutions.


Tulane Culinary Roundtable Retreat
Dennis Muscato, MS, was an invited speaker at Tulane Culinary Medical Education Roundtable Retreat June 8-9 in San Antonio, Texas. The course provides evidence-based strategies, experiential learning, and techniques in lifestyle change for health with medical students, community education, and patients.

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COMP faculty award winners
The COMP Institute for Medical Educators (IME) wishes to congratulate the winners of this year’s faculty awards. Click here for a list of winners.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Linda Kidd received one of three grants recently announced by the Canine Health Foundation (CHF). Dr. Kidd will study “Thrombocytopenia and Occult Vector-Borne Disease in Greyhound Dogs: Implications for Clinical Cases and Blood Donors.” This study will compare the prevalence of vector-borne diseases in retired racing Greyhounds and show-bred Greyhounds, and will investigate whether blood and urine abnormalities occur with the same frequency in these two lines of Greyhounds. The results will help veterinarians decide when to pursue infectious disease testing, while also informing best practices for screening canine blood donors.


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

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Dean Michel Baudry (GCBS) (PI), Professor Xiaoning Bi (COMP) (Co-PI) and Assistant Professor Brad Andresen (COP) (Co-PI) were awarded a Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI Program) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF will provide $495,000 towards the purchase of a confocal microscope. WesternU will provide 30 percent matching funds, including $60,000 towards the purchase of the equipment. This instrument will be located in the laboratory on the fourth floor of the HEC building and will be a shared resource for all the University faculty and students. Together with the previously negotiated gift by Dr. Doug Ethell from Amgen (an LSM510 Meta from Zeiss), WesternU will now have three confocal microscopes, providing tremendous imaging resources for many research and education projects. In particular, WesternU will collaborate with Garey High School teachers to educate and train their students in imaging techniques. The instrument is expected to be running by the end of 2016.


From University Advancement:

Advancement newsThe Marco Family Foundation recently provided the College of Optometry with a $10,000 gift for general operating support.


Alumni news
The Alumni Office hosted two events over this past weekend.

Friday, June 24: A family-style dinner was held for nearly 50 CPM alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests at Naples Ristorante at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif. The dinner was held in conjunction with the California Podiatric Medical Association’s Western Foot and Ankle Conference (aka “The Western”), which was taking place at the nearby Disneyland Hotel. Pictures from the event can be found at

Saturday, June 25: During the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Pacific Veterinary Conference (or “PacVet”), a reception was held for more than 50 CVM alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests. The event took place in the Vista Lounge on the 45th Floor of the Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., which offered spectacular views of the city. Pictures from the reception can be viewed at