AAHPSA in Rosemead

On Saturday, April 28, 12 students from the Asian-American Health Professions Student Association (AAHPSA) volunteered at a community clinic in Rosemead, serving a predominantly Chinese population. The clinic was held in conjunction with UCLA’s APHC. WesternU COMP and College of Optometry students provided free glucose, cholesterol, and osteopathic manipulation screenings. Under the preceptorship of Dr. Steven Lam and Dr. David Redding from COMP, AAHPSA addressed the concerns of 70 patients.



From the College of Pharmacy:

WesternU College of Pharmacy Dean inducted into California Pharmacy Hall of Fame
Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD, has been inducted into the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Hall of Fame. He joins 42 pharmacists and is one of only four deans to receive the recognition since it was first awarded in 1997.

Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame during the California Pharmacists Association awards ceremony at the Western Pharmacy Exchange on April 13, 2018, in San Diego. Click here to read the full story:


Kudos on accomplishments
Victor Law, RPh, a member of the WesternU College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council, was elected as President of the California State Board of Pharmacy on May 2. Law has been chief pharmacist and president of Alpha Medical Pharmacy Inc. since 1987. From 1979 to 1986 he held several positions as a staff pharmacist in community pharmacies. He has been a member of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) since 1982 and has served as president of the CPhA San Gabriel Valley local chapter.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP student, professor publish “Editor’s Choice” article on obesity
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific student Richard Stephens, DO ’20, and COMP Associate Professor Mihai Covasa, PhD, collaborated on a study selected as an Editors’ Choice article for the May issue of Obesity.

“Gut Microbiota: From Microorganisms to Metabolic Organ Influencing Obesity,” is co-authored by Stephens, Covasa and Lidia Arhire from the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania. Click here to view the article: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/oby.22179.

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LHCL grant
The Lebanon Health Career Ladder received $3,000 in grant funding from Umpqua Bank. The grant application, written by Jeannie Davis, EdD, associate director of outreach and strategic partnerships, will be added to grant funding received from Wells Fargo, the Ford Family Foundation and Walmart to support the free lunch program, outreach efforts and supplies for the Saturday Academies that will engage more students in the region to learn about STEM career opportunities. In addition to the grant funding, Bobbye Rainey of Umpqua Bank will join the LHCL board. The LHCL serves more than 50 middle school and high school students from Lebanon and the surrounding area.


New diabetes study
Click here to read about a new diabetes study. Contact Albert Medina, Research Coordinator, at 909-469-8626 or Airani Sathananthan, MD, at 909-706-3818 if interested.


Kudos on accomplishments
COMP-Northwest Associate Dean of Assessment and Outcomes Ed Junkins, MD, was the keynote speaker for the Celebrate Kids Breakfast on May 3 benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis. Dr. Junkins addressed the crowd of 550, giving an inspirational speech on how anyone can make a difference in a child’s life. The club serves more than 3,000 children annually in a region where approximately one-third of students are navigating poverty. Dr. Junkins is an advisor to the club’s board of directors, which is in fundraising mode for a teen wellness center dedicated medical clinic for primary care and mental health, slated for completion in fall 2018.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi mentored CVM and GCBS students on two studies that were accepted for podium presentations at the Veterinary Orthopedic Society 2018 Conference in Snowmass Village, Colorado March 10-17, 2018.

Athena Kepler, DVM ’19, presented “Morphovolumetric Analysis of the Equine Hoof,” by Babak Faramarzi, Athena Kepler and Howard Dobson, veterinary radiologist at the University of Guelph, Canada.

Fion Hung, MSBS ’18, presented “The Effect of Routine Hoof Trimming on Regional Hoof Kinetics,” by Babak Faramarzi, Fion Hung and GCBS Associate Professor Fanglong Dong.

CVM Professor Lyon Lee, CVM research assistant Dongbin Lee, CVM Associate Professor John Tyler, and Facilitating Assistant Veterinarian Janet Han have been notified that a collaborative manuscript has been reviewed and accepted by the Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Drs. Lyon Lee and Dongbin Lee are first authors while Dr. Tyler is corresponding author and Dr. Han is co-author. The collaborative scientific study, titled “Mainstream capnography-guided endotracheal intubation as an effective alternative to existing intubation methods in rabbits,” describes usage of capnography as an effective alternate endotracheal intubation in rabbits both in clinical and laboratory settings. The collaboration also included members of the CVM Seoul National University.