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This Week@WesternU, Nov. 18-22, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

November 18, 2013

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A Tribute to Caring

Western University of Health Sciences’ annual gala fundraiser highlighted the power and importance of caring.

WesternU’s “A Tribute to Caring” gala on Nov. 9, 2013 brought more than 550 guests to the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim to raise money for student scholarships.

The theme of “Fire and Ice” was reflected in everything from the table centerpieces to the raffle prizes to the dessert, but the word that resonated through the evening was “caring.” Both award recipients reflected on the meaning of that word in their moving and inspiring speeches.

Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow and video, “The WesternU Way.”

From the College of Pharmacy and the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments

At last week’s American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) meeting, Dr. Guru Betageri was honored as an AAPS Fellow. A limited number of Fellows are honored each year for making sustained remarkable scholarly and research contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Betageri’s expertise is in the liposome, proliposome and lipid based drug delivery systems. His “Proliposomal” technology has earned him four U.S. patents to date. He is also co-author of the book “Liposome Drug Delivery.”

Dr. Betageri is Associate Dean for the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and he is a College of Pharmacy Professor.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Miguel Saggese was the co-author of a study that was presented by Dr. Pablo Regner at the First Biennial Meeting of the Latin American Wildlife Diseases Association. This meeting took place at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of São Paulo, at São Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 19-22.

Neutralización de actividades tóxicas de veneno de Bothrops alternatus por plasma de Harpyhaliaetus coronatus (Solitary Crowned Eagles’ (Harpyhalieatus coronatus) Plasma Neutralizes Pit Viper (Bothrops alternatus) Venom) by Regner, P.; Quaglia, A.; Costa de Oliveira, V.; Saggese, M.; Wiemeyer, G.; Capdevielle, A.; de Roodt, A.

Click here to read more about Dr. Saggese’s research and accomplishments.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professors Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, and Bhavana Raja, PT, PhD, accompanied 17 members of the DPT Class of 2014 to the 12th Annual G. Maureen Rodgers Visions for Physical Therapy Lecture recently held at Rancho Los Amigos National Medical Center in Downey. Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTA, who is Professor and Chair Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and San Francisco State University, delivered the lecture titled “00479: License for Tomorrow.”

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

New Samaritan Center open for business

Samaritan Health Services has opened an events and meeting facility on the 54-acre Samaritan Health Sciences Campus, which also houses the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest.

The Samaritan Center is a 12,000-square-foot facility that can accommodate groups as large as 600 indoors, but offers flexible configurations so that it can be divided into smaller rooms to accommodate breakout meetings or more intimate gatherings.

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From the Patient Care Center:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Cindy Morton, Eva Guzman and Melody Palomar for completing their California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons coursework for dental assistants. They are now certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants (OMSA). All three are Registered Dental Assistants in the Dental Center.

From University Advancement:

Office of Public Affairs News

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Assistant Professor Firhana Khairullah, DO, is featured in three “Fact or Fiction” spots appearing on KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles. Dr. Khairullah provides important information on diabetes to help raise awareness throughout the region. Also, KNBC Channel 4 station host Jessica Vilchis interviews Jeff Keating, WesternU’s Executive Director of Public Affairs & Marketing, which is airing on Channel 4 this month. WesternU was the premier sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Los Angeles Walk on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Griffith Park. KNBC is a partner organization in the effort.

Video #1 Fact or Fiction:

Video #2 Fact or Fiction:

Video #3 Fact or Fiction:

Video #4 Station Host:

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Follow @WesternUPCC on Twitter to get tips, recipes and information related to diabetes. Want to know what else the PCC offers our WesternU family? ‘Like’ the WesternU Patient Care Center page on Facebook for information on upcoming events and promotions.

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