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This Week@WesternU, May 5-9, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

May 5, 2014

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Free medical clinic

PCHAT will hold a free medical clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at Garey High School, 321 W. Lexington Ave., Pomona. Full physical exam and visual screening provided. All ages welcome. Email for more information. Click here to view a flier.

From the College of Pharmacy:

College of Pharmacy receives $20,000 grant

The College of Pharmacy was one of six pharmacy schools to receive a $20,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation. The money will help the College establish a program to provide medication management and other pharmacy care services to a community with unfulfilled health care needs.

The 2014 NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Partners Program was supported by a group of 20 benefactors, comprised of NACDS Chain Members and Associate Members.

The NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Partners Program is designed to fund prospective projects that hold promise to meaningfully improve patient care. Colleges and schools of pharmacy were asked to submit applications for projects that may include community pharmacy residencies or shared faculty positions, community-based research projects and patient-centered coursework or other innovative curriculum.

WesternU faculty member one of first to purchase Google Glass

College of Pharmacy Associate Dean Sam Shimomura, PharmD, was eager to buy Google Glass when it became available to everyone in the U.S. during its one-day sale on April 15, 2014.

Click here to read a full account and to watch a video of Dr. Sam opening his Google Glass box for the first time.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP professor earns national award

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Professor of Family Medicine Clinton Adams, DO, MPA, FACHE, was recently honored for his contributions to osteopathic medicine. Dr. Adams was one of two recipients of the Robert A Kistner Award, presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to osteopathic medical education. Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments

Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM, attended the Mid-Mesozoic: Age of Dinosaurs in Transition field conference in Fruita, CO, and Green River, UT, April 29-May 5, and gave a talk titled, “”Sauroposeidon and kin: Giant titanosauriforms from the Early Cretaceous of North America and Europe.””

From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments

Doug Ethell, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the Molecular Neurobiology Group for GCBS and COMP, published a paper in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease describing how olfactory dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease may reveal the early trigger that causes this disease. He explains how the peculiar anatomy of the human olfactory system predisposes it to environmental and genetic factors that can lead to the accumulation of Alzheimer’s associated factors in the medial temporal lobe and basal forebrain–the first areas affected in Alzheimer’s disease. A pubmed link to the pre-print online version is available at:

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CVM Associate Professor Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, went to San Diego last weekend where she attended the Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s Spring Symposium held at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute. She delivered a lecture titled, “”Optimal use of diagnostic panels in canine vector-borne disease testing.”” The session reviewed how consideration of characteristics, including patient signalment, geographic locale, and the pathophysiology of individual organisms, help the clinician optimize diagnostic testing for vector borne disease agents. Prevalence of vector borne disease in Southern California dogs based on a study conducted by Dr. Kidd in conjunction with Veterinary Specialty Hospital and California Veterinary Specialists was also discussed.

Dr. Kidd was recently notified that her study, “”Seasonality of Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs From Southern California,”” has been published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Full citation is: J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2014 Apr 21. doi: 10.1111/vec.12186. [Epubahead of print] Seasonality of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in dogs from southern California. Kidd L(1), Rasmussen R, Chaplow E, Richter K, Hill S, Slusser PG. Dr. Rachel Rasmussen is a 2011 graduate of WesternU CVM.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Joel M. Laudenbach, DMD, Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine and Geriatric Dentistry, was an invited moderator for “”Oral Abstract Session I”” at the Frontiers in Oral Medicine 2014 – International Oral Medicine conference on April 10, 2014. This meeting was hosted by the American Academy of Oral Medicine with the European Association of Oral Medicine, the British Society for Oral Medicine & the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla. Oral abstract topics co-moderated with Dr. Tim Hodgson (from Eastman Dental Hospital, London, UK) included: xerostomia & associated risk factors, laser therapy for chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis in pediatrics, salivary antibodies in mucous membrane pemphigoid, primary chronic osteomyelitis, cost-of-illness of oral lichen planus, green tea catechins & hyposalivation, and bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw.

From University Advancement:

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites everyone to an exciting day of golf to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship.

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 16, 2014 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 2014 Chevrolet, sponsored by Mark Christopher Auto Center. 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 Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 9, 2014.

For more information or to sign up for the Towne & Gown Golf Classic, please contact Austin Braunwalder at (909) 469-8495 or

To view the website go to

Click here to view a brochure.

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 at (909) 469-8495 or for more information.

Click here to view the flier.

Alumni news

A handful of complimentary receptions are planned for this summer at various professional conferences, and WesternU students, faculty and staff are welcome to join alumni there for professional and social networking. To RSVP for any of these events, or for more information, contact the Alumni Office at ( or (909) 469-ALUM.

3-5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Hilton Anaheim during the California Dental Association’s CDA Presents Convention.

6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim during the California Podiatric Medical Association’s Western Foot and Ankle Conference (aka “”The Western””).

5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square during the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Pacific Veterinary Conference.

5:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 27 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown during the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting.

7-9 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center during the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Convention.

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