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This Week@WesternU, May 29-June 1, 2012

by Rodney Tanaka

May 29, 2012

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WesternU celebrates Commencement

WesternU held its Commencement ceremonies on May 17-18, 2012 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. Six colleges welcomed 749 graduates into the ranks of health professionals. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

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 June 18, 2012 at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The Hole-in-One prize is a 2012 Cadillac, sponsored by Symes Cadillac of Pasadena. Reception dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event.

Cost is $175 per golfer or $700 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 11, 2012.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Susan Terrazas at 909-706-3476, email, or Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495, email

Click here to view the website.

Helicopter Drop

Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop, whether or not you’re coming out to the golf course. While hovering over our designated hole, our helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls, and the owner of the golf ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 cash prize. Click here for more information.

Pomona Health Career Ladder program awarded $15,000 mini-grant

WesternU recently received a Health Careers Training Program Mini-Grant award for $15,000 from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to assist with the Pomona Health Career Ladder program. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Angelman syndrome study

WesternU researchers are studying a potential treatment for Angelman syndrome (AS), a neuro-genetic disorder that results in cognitive impairment, motor dysfunction, seizures and severe speech impediments.

The research, co-authored by College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Associate Professor of Physiology Xiaoning Bi, PhD, and Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Dean Michel Baudry, PhD, examines the effectiveness of the Ampakine CX929 on reducing the learning and memory impairments caused by Angelman syndrome. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker at the 6th Annual Health Professions Conference sponsored by the Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Caduceus Club. More than 1,000 students attended the all-day event recently held on the Mt. SAC campus with this year’s theme being “Don’t Wait to Be Great! You are the Future of Medicine!” Professor Vlad addressed a group of almost 100 students with a one-hour presentation on “Your Future in Physical Therapy.”

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty Dr. Jeffrey Wang organized a sunrise session titled “the ABCs of ADCs” on May 23, 2012 at the National Biotechnology Conference of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in San Diego, Calif. ADCs, short for Antibody Drug Conjugates, are the newest cancer therapeutics approved by the FDA. Dr. Wang also made an oral presentation on ADCs: the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics aspects.

Congratulations to Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) alumnus Alex Nguyen and Dr. Kabir Lutfy for the following publication: Nguyen AT, Marquez P, Hamid A, Lutfy K. The role of mu opioid receptors in psychomotor stimulation and conditioned place preference induced by morphine-6-glucuronide. Eur J Pharmacol. 2012 May 5;682(1-3):86-91. Epub 2012 Feb 21. Click here to view the article.

Congratulations to Dr. Janice Hoffman for the following accomplishments:

“Health Literacy and the Impact on Medication Adherence in the Elderly;” presented at American Society of Consultant Pharmacist Annual Meeting Anaheim, May 21 2012.

Janice Hoffman, Ngoc-Diem Nguyen,PharmD 2012 Candidate. “QTc Prolongation on initiation of antipsychotic therapy in the very old;” Poster presented at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacist annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla. May 1, 2012.

Janice Hoffman, Stephanie Gleiberman ,PharmD 2012 candidate. “Impact of a Consultant Pharmacist in a Specialized Ambulatory Geriatric Clinic.” Poster presented at California Academy of Long Term Care Medicine annual meeting in Los Angeles May 11, 2012.

Dhwani Shah PharmD candidate 2012; Janice Hoffman. “Pain Management in the Elderly.” California Pharmacist. Spring 2012 Issue.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

The 38th Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties was held in Charleston, S.C. April 12-15, 2012. This year’s theme was "Revolutionary Ideas and Nurse Practitioner Education." The following presentations were provided by members of the CGN faculty:

Revolutionizing Teaching and Learning through Inter-Professional Education by Dawn Stone, PhDc, RN, ANP (Podium presentation during a concurrent session)

The Revolution in Personalized Medicine: Are NPs Ready? by Quannetta T. Edwards, DNSc, FNP, WHCNP, FAANP (Workshop)

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Jerry Minsky of CDM and Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM gave a “How to Look a Gift Corpse in the Mouth” introduction to forensic dentistry to an audience of 500 at the Indian Health Continuing Education Conference in Sacramento on May 15, 2012, after giving the same talk to the WesternU community on May 14. In this talk, the doctors shared their experiences identifying the deceased from their dental and skeletal remains. Both find it important to serve the living by caring for the dead.

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