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This Week@WesternU, May 13-17, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

May 13, 2019

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Commencement 2019

Western University of Health Sciences will open its 2019 Commencement ceremonies at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Health Sciences at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

The keynote speaker will be Christopher J.L. Murray, MD, DPhil, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

Dr. Murray is a founder of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) approach, a systematic effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time. He co-authored the original GBD study in the early 1990s which was the mostly widely cited medical paper in the world for several years.

From 1998 to 2003, he worked at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he served as the Executive Director of the Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster while Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was Director-General. He went on to become Director of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, as well as the Richard Saltonstall Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, from 2003 until 2007.

The University of Washington created IHME in 2007 supported by a $105 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $20 million from UW. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an additional $279 million pledge to IHME in 2017 to build on its work providing independent health evidence to improve population health.

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WesternU COMP-Northwest prepares to graduate 104 osteopathic physicians

Western University of Health Sciences’ Oregon campus will celebrate its fifth Commencement on Friday, May 31, 2019 on the WesternU-Oregon Campus at 200 Mullins Drive in Lebanon. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 10.

At Commencement, 104 medical students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest will earn their Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. These new physicians will join more than 400 alumni who have graduated from WesternU COMP-Northwest.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will deliver the Governor’s Address at the ceremony. Governor Brown earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She moved to Oregon to attend Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law, where she received her law degree and Certificate in Environmental Law. Prior to serving as Oregon’s 38th governor, she served as Oregon’s Secretary of State, where Governor Brown was a leader in increasing government transparency and accountability.

The keynote address will be delivered by Oregon’s 34th governor, Barbara Roberts. Governor Roberts was elected in 1990, becoming the first woman governor in Oregon and one of the first 10 female governors in the nation.

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Click here for information about the COMP-Northwest Commencement ceremony in Lebanon, Oregon:


WesternU Commencement on social media

For everyone participating in and attending Commencement ceremonies: Help us make the 2019 Commencement ceremonies memorable. You can help us make a virtual scrapbook on social media by tagging and mentioning us on Twitter and Instagram (@westernunews), and finding us on Facebook (@westernuniversityofhealthsciences).

Please use the hashtag #WesternUGrad2019 for ceremonies in Pasadena that take place May 22-24 and for the ceremony in Lebanon on Friday, May 31.


2019 Photo Competition

On behalf of University Student Affairs and Public Affairs, thank you to our WesternU family for submitting your wonderful pictures. Finalists in each category have been selected and are available on the University’s Facebook page! Cast your vote by “liking” or “loving” your favorite photos. One winner from each of the three categories will be determined by the most “likes” or “loves” on Facebook. Winners will be announced in May!

Theme: “WesternU Way,” so keep that in mind when voting for your favorite!
Facebook voting ends: 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

View the finalists on Facebook by clicking the categories: Action, On-Campus Activity and Community.


“American Idol” comes to Pomona

Pomona resident Alejandro Aranda is a Top 3 finalist on American Idol. Pomona will celebrate with a parade and concert beginning at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Street closures in downtown Pomona will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday and will affect the WesternU-Pomona campus. Visit WesternU, City of Pomona, Pomona Police Department and Downtown Pomona Owners Association on social media for updates.



From the College of Optometry:

No-cost eye care for children
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry is hosting a morning clinic of no-cost eye care for underserved children in the area. If glasses or follow-up care are needed, they will also be provided at no cost. This clinic is for children from households that are uninsured or qualify for Medi-Cal. Appointments are required.

Appointments are available at 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the WesternU Eye Care Institute, 795 E. Second Street, Pomona, Calif. 91766.

To schedule an appointment, phone 909-706–3899. When phoning, it is very important to state Saturday, May 18.

For more information, please contact Sylvia Pedersen 909-706-3817.

This free eye care clinic is funded by the Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Grant from the Optometry Cares Foundation.

Click here to view a flier in English.

Click here to view a flier in Spanish.



From the College of Pharmacy:

WesternU College of Pharmacy research scientist receives $120,000 grant for cancer research
Preshita Desai, BPharm, PhD, received the 2019 AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Research Fellowship for her project, “Tumor Treating Fields Triggered Targeting of Nanoparticles in Cancer.”

The grant is a joint effort between Novocure and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to recognize and encourage innovative research on Tumor Treating Fields. The fellowship grant — worth $120,000 over two years — also provides related research equipment, the InovitroTM TTFields Lab Bench System, free of charge. Only two such fellowships were awarded via a worldwide call for grant proposals. Click here to read more from Novocure.

Desai is a research scientist in the laboratory of Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Executive Associate Dean Sunil Prabhu, BPharm, PhD. Receiving the grant marks a professional high point, she said.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Keeping Our Chickens Healthy Workshop
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2019 in WesternU’s Veterinary Clinical Center. Topics include: raising poultry basics, keeping poultry healthy, common poultry diseases in California, update on virulent Newcastle in California and interactive questions and answers about poultry. Registration fee is $10 in advance by May 25 or $20 at the door. Hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture – Ontario District Outreach, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Christina Goode gave an invited oral presentation at the regional meeting of the Western Association of Advisors for the Health Professions in Salt Lake City, Utah. The presentation was titled “Will efforts to achieve true diversity and inclusion ever really be successful in the healthcare professions?”

Dr Goode was also a featured speaker with Dr. Thomas Landefeld of CSU Dominguez Hills at the Western Regional meeting of NAMME (National Association of Minority Medical Educators) with the focus “Advocating for our diverse students.”



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Third-year COMP student Sara Bradley was elected to the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA) Medical Student Council as the Western Regional Representative. Click here to read more from AAEM/RSA.



From WesternU Health:

Clinical trials at WesternU Health – Pomona
SURPASS-4 Study: What’s missing from your type 2 diabetes management? If you’re looking for a different way to manage your A1c levels, the SURPASS-4 Study may interest you. We’re recruiting adults for a clinical research study of a once-a-week study drug for type 2 diabetes, and you may be able to take part. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

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SELECT: Have you ever had a heart attack or stroke? Do you have poor circulation? Have you considered participating in a clinical study? Research has shown that treatment with semaglutide may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in people with type 2 diabetes. In a study called SELECT, we will check to see if semaglutide reduces the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in people with overweight or obesity. Click here to read more.

GAZELLE: Living with type 1 diabetes? Consider the GAZELLE study. If you are an adult between ages 18 and 65 living with type 1 diabetes, you may be eligible to take part in the GAZELLE clinical research trial. This trial will look at an investigational fast-acting insulin to see if it works as effectively as an existing fast-acting insulin already being used to treat diabetes. Trial-related medications, procedures, equipment and supplies will be provided at no cost; health insurance is not required to participate.

Click here to read more.

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