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This Week@WesternU, Nov. 12-16, 2012

by Rodney Tanaka

November 12, 2012

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Vertigo study

An interprofessional team from WesternU is conducting a clinical research study on two intervention approaches for people with dizziness.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you have suffered from dizziness for more than three months and you are between the ages of 18 and 79. The purpose of the study is to determine if Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and/or Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) are helpful in patients suffering from dizziness.

Participants may receive OMT, VRT, both treatments, or become part of a control group. For more information or to see if you qualify, contact research coordinator Michelle Yim by phone at 909-469-8463 or by email at

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Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which highlights health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences.

Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet current students and faculty.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for our Preview Day.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

A symposium on “How Hard Tissue Histology Helps Solve Cases,” organized and proposed by Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM, has been accepted by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for inclusion in the February 2013 program. Dr. Wedel will be giving a paper on the results of a validation study five years in the making vetting the use of using cross sections of tooth root to determine the season in which a person died, and MSMS alum and second-year CDM student Shirley Hsieh will be giving a paper on whether it matters in which direction the tooth root is sectioned for the method to be most accurate.

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Lebanon, recently accepted an Editorial Board position for The International Journal of the History and Philosophy of Medicine. Dr. Benninger is interested in and has actively participated in the History of Medicine and Dentistry for the past 20 years and, through that, has: published, mentored a national historic research award winner, taught and is a member of the International Society for the History of Medicine and the American Academy of the History of Dentistry. He is also a member of the History of Medicine Society and the Northwest Academy of the History of Dentistry in Oregon.

COMP/Western Diabetes Institute News

Second-year COMP Student Almira Yang had her abstract “Underestimation of Body Mass Index and Prevalence of Obesity” accepted for the 2012 Poster Session of the 10th Annual World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & CVD. The meeting was held Nov. 1-3, 2012 in Los Angeles. Co-Authors included Cesar Ochoa, WDI Research Coordinator, Steven Lam, Assistant Professor, COMP Department of Family Medicine, and Airani Sathananthan, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, COMP/WDI. Yang was the recipient of the Summer Student Fellowship through WesternU and conducted her research in the Patient Care Center.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Leadership Symposium

The Master of Science in Health Sciences students held their 4th Annual Leadership Symposium on Nov. 7, 2012 in Compatriots Hall. We thank our guests and panelists including Charles Ng, Vice Chancellor of Fiscal Services for the San Bernardino Community College District; Dr. Clinton Adams, Dean of COMP; Dave Demerjian, Head Deputy District Attorney of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Public Integrity Division, and Attorney Sara Griffin-Gapasin, Associate Attorney at Egelsee LLP, for taking their time to discuss their views on leadership with us. If you were not able to join us this year, we hope to see you next year.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, as an elected representative of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association, recently attended the statewide Assembly of Representatives meeting in Santa Clara along with WesternU student representative Lindsey Liggan, DPT ’13.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius on the following presentations and publications:

“Rhythm Versus Rate Control Therapy and Subsequent Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation.” DOI:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.092494

Tsadok, Meytal Avgil; Jackevicius, Cynthia A.; Essebag, Vidal; Eisenberg, Mark J.; Rahme, Elham; Humphries, Karin H.; Tu, Jack V.; Behlouli, Hassan; Pilote, Louise

She served as co-author on two abstracts presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Toronto in October 2012:

Wijeysundera HC, Ko DT, Atzema CL, Austin PC, Cantor WJ, Huynh T, Jackevicius CA, Lambert L, Lee DS, So DY, Wang JT, Donovan LT, Tu JV. Temporal trends in the uptake on an early invasive strategy post-fibrinolysis for STEMI in Ontario, Canada. Can J Cardiol 2012:28(Suppl):S190-S191.

Tu JV, Ko DT, Atzema CL, Austin PC, Huynh T, Jackevicius CA, Lambert L, Lee DS, Natarajan MK, So DY, Wang JT, Donovan LR, Reza MR, Wijeysundera HC. Can J Cardiol 2012:28(Suppl):S198-S199.

At the American Heart Association meeting held in Los Angeles Nov. 3-7, 2012, she presented a poster: Jackevicius CA, Tu JV, Ho M, Essebag V, Agvil M, Rahme E, Eisenberg M, Zhou L, Humphries K, Atzema C, Pilote L. Adherence to medications for atrial fibrillation. Circulation 2012. Dr. Jackevicius also served as Pharmacology Representative for the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research National Council and attended council meetings at the AHA meeting

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNPc, WHNPc, FAANP has been requested to guest lecture two three-hour workshops on “The Genetics of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes – Risk Assessment for Clinical Care Settings” and “Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Hereditary Breast Cancer Syndromes – Case Based and Interactive Learning.” The workshops will be presented at the 28th National 2013 Conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2013.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Assistant Professor and microbiologist Dr. Miguel Saggese guest edited a Round Table discussion about Avian Medicine in Latin America, for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery published by the Association of Avian Veterinarian (AAV). These Round table discussions cover a diverse mosaic of themes of interest for AAV members and avian veterinarians. The focus on Latin America in this Round Table provided some ideas about actions AAV can to take to promote avian medicine and the education of veterinarians and veterinary students in this region. A diverse panel of avian veterinarians from several Latin-American countries answered questions and shared their experiences about the current status of avian medicine in this particular region.

From the College of Optometry:

College news

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Podiatric Medicine faculty and students provided health screenings at the Feria de Salud Por Tu Familia on Nov. 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. This outdoor community event is intended to reach local Latinos with the important message that they may be at risk for diabetes.

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