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This Week@WesternU, June 3-7, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

June 3, 2013

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Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships.

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic, benefiting the University Scholarship Fund, will be held on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The Hole-in-One prize is a 2013 Cadillac, sponsored by Symes Cadillac of Pasadena. Reception dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event.

Cost is $200 per golfer or $800 per foursome. Dinner for a non-golfing guest is available for a fee of $50. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 3, 2013.

For more information or to sign up for the Towne & Gown Golf Classic, please contact Susan Terrazas at 909-706-3476, email, or Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495, email To view the website go to

Helicopter Drop

Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop, whether you’re at the golf course or not. The helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls over a designated hole, and the owner of the ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 cash prize. Contact Austin Braunwalder (909) 469-8495; for more information. Click here to view the flier.

From the College of Pharmacy:

College of Pharmacy professor receives NIH funding

College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences David Sanchez, PhD, received a $223,499 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate treatments and therapies for Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV). Click here to read the full story.

Compounding Lab

Local students were inspired to become pharmacists or health care professionals on Friday, May 10, 2013 when they participated in pharmacology exercises at the WesternU College of Pharmacy Compounding Lab during Palomares Day. Click here to read the full story and to watch a video.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Arezoo Campbell, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and her collaborators at UC Irvine published the article: Campbell A, Sharman E, Bondy SC. Age-related differences in the response of the brain to dietary melatonin. Age (Dordr). 2013 May 22 Click here to view the abstract.

Dr. Jeff Wang, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chair of Graduate Education, was invited to be on the Pre-Nanomedicine for Drug Delivery Science (Pre-NDDS) peer review panel for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (DoD-CDMRP).

Dr. Jeff Wang organized and co-moderated two sessions at the National Biotechnology Conference of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in San Diego, held on May 20-22, 2013: “The ABCs of ADMET” and “Cutting-edge technologies for injectable peptide drugs.” He also gave a podium presentation, “Is lipidization a commercially viable approach for peptide drug delivery?”

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Jonathan Watanabe, PharmD, MS, PhD, published the following: Ney JP, Devine EB, Watanabe JH, Sullivan SD. Comparative efficacy of oral pharmaceuticals for the treatment of chronic peripheral neuropathic pain: meta-analysis and indirect treatment comparisons. Pain Med. 2013 May;14(5):706-19. doi: 10.1111/pme.12091. Epub 2013 Apr 22.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Second-year COMP student Priya Rao’s case report “Subacute thyroiditis presenting as toxic adenoma,” was accepted to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists national meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. She presented her work at the meeting in early May. Her faculty adviser was Airani Sathananthan, MD, MSHS, FACE.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Kudos to Chelsea Hemming, PA-S ’14, who was elected to the California Academy Physician Assistants Board of Directors as the Student Representative.

Roy Guizado, MS, PA-C, was elected Vice President for the California Academy of Physician Assistants. Brian Tessier, MS, PA-C, and Elizabeth Maugh, MS candidate, PA-C, have accepted a positions on the CAPA Student Affairs Committee. Tim Wood, MS, PA-C, has accepted a position with the CME Conference Planning Committee with CAPA.

Elizabeth Maugh, MS candidate, PA-C, participated in the graduation ceremonies as she is finishing her Master of Science in Health Sciences. Also, Pat Vader, Executive Director of the Pumerantz Library, and Elizabeth Maugh gave a poster presentation at the Institute of Healthcare Advocacy 12th Annual National Conference. The title of the poster was “Diabetes and Education Med Line Plus” and it was a collaborative effort with the Pomona Public Library.

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