14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference set for WesternU April 18, 2015

At the 14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference at Western University of Health Sciences, parents and adults with autism, health professionals, therapists and teachers will come together with the common goal of "Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together." The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at WesternU, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The keynote speaker will be Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, MSBus, author of "Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention." Her topic will be "Thinking Beyond Labels: Why So Many Developmental Problems and What We Can Do About It." Click here to read the full story.

WesternU’s Austin Lecture focuses on The Vulnerable Child

Western University of Health Sciences’ 4th Annual Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Care Policy will feature a groundbreaking leader in developing critically needed medical, legal and social services to families affected by violence. The lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. "The Vulnerable Child: A Challenge to Multi-disciplinary Pediatric Care" will be presented by keynote speaker Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD, Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Project at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, and a professor of clinical pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

LC3 Student Patient Dinner

On March 4, 2015, the College of the Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the Western Diabetes Institute celebrated their 2nd Annual LC3 Student Patient Dinner event that was sponsored by Cardenas. LC3, short for Longitudinal Chronic Care Course, allows students to be paired with patients from the Western Diabetes Institute to learn skills that will be necessary for them to deliver high-value care to those who have diabetes and other chronic diseases. Starting off the event, Dr. Edward Barnes and Dr. Andrew Pumerantz welcomed guests and introduced Marco Robles, the Public Affairs Director of Cardenas, who spoke about the history and future of Cardenas. Melanie Barbee, the Diabetes Educator in the WDI, reminded patients about the importance of nutrition to maintain a healthy diet. Students, patients and guests were then treated to a catered dinner provided by Cardenas. To end the night, LC3 student Kenneth Chang spoke about his one-on-one experience thus far with his patient, Angel Gomez.

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From the College of Optometry:

WesternU conducts studies for FDA approval of tomography equipment

Western University of Health Sciences continues to enhance its reputation as a leader in imaging studies as it conducts studies on an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) device for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WesternU’s College of Optometry is conducting an agreement and precision trial and a normative reference database trial for the Topcon OCT-1 Maestro. Topcon Corporation is a Tokyo, Japan-based company divided into three business domains: Smart Infrastructure, Positioning and Eye Care. The trials, which began in March and will continue until June 2015, require patients 18 years and older in three categories: healthy, diagnosed with glaucoma, and diagnosed with retinal diseases.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius is co-author of a chapter on Non-Inferiority Studies in this recently-published book: Mulla SM, Scott IA, Jackevicius CA, You JJ, Guyatt GH. How to use a non-inferiority trial. In Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature – A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, Third Edition. Guyatt G, Rennie D, Meade MO, Cook DJ, 2015.

Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman was selected as the 2015 Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society Faculty Advisor at the National level. She will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting in San Diego on March 29. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a $500 honorarium.

From University Advancement:

Alumni news

On March 2, the DVM Class of 2016 was back on campus together, and the WesternU Alumni Association hosted lunch for them in the Veterinary Clinical Center’s Naimoli Commons. More than 80 members of the class attended the event, where they enjoyed pizza and cookies while catching up after a few months apart.

This month, the Alumni Association is hosting two receptions at professional conferences. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their guests are invited to attend:

March 13 in Las Vegas during the ACOFP Convention. Details and RSVP at https://westernu-acofp.eventbrite.com

March 21 in Newport Beach during the CANP Conference. Details and RSVP at https://westernu-canp.eventbrite.com

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