Center for Innovation launched at WesternU COMP-Northwest campus

In an effort to pair technology and innovation to address current and future issues in health sciences education and health care, Western University of Health Sciences has established the WesternU Center for Innovation, which made its debut during an Innovation Expo on the COMP-Northwest campus.

Paula M. Crone, DO, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and COMP-Northwest, opened the Innovation Expo to students and the community, painting a picture of health care’s future. “Predictive medicine, personalized medicine and targeted treatments – these are all examples of innovation and ideas that led to improved techniques and processes,” she said. “When I dream about the future and what is really out there for patient care, it doesn’t look like anything we are doing now. It doesn’t look anything like how patient care is delivered in the United States of America.”

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#Giving Tuesday

November 28 is #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving generated by social media outlets and collaboration. #GivingTuesday follows the popular shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving, we invite you to show WesternU your support on #GivingTuesday on campus at Ethan Allen Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us at our booth for a chance to win a prize on our spinning wheel and challenge fellow colleagues to a few rounds of Cornhole! There will also be a giving booth with an Iron & Kin Coffee Co. station where you can receive a hot or cold regular or specialty coffee drink for the first 100 participants who come out and donate. Remember, no gift is too small. Give back to WesternU on Tuesday, November 28 by following this link:


16th Annual Trends in Autism Education Forum

“FACE-ing Autism with Animal Therapies & Inclusion” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 on the first floor of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona.

World-renowned author and psychologist Dr. Aubrey H. Fine will talk about the human-animal bond. He specializes in treating children with learning disabilities and developmental disorders. There will be a panel of speakers discussing animal therapies, a resource fair, holiday arts and crafts and photo opportunities with a “special” Santa Claus. To RSVP, email or call 909-646-0855.

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From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

GCBS alumna publishes paper in Neuron, one of the most prestigious journals in Neuroscience
Kristie Conde, MSBS ’15, is currently a PhD student in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J. She recently published a manuscript in the journal Neuron titled “Enhanced AMPA Receptor Trafficking Mediates the Anorexigenic Effect of Endogenous Glucagon-like Peptide-1 in the Paraventricular Hypothalamus.”

Ji Liu, Kristie Conde, Peng Zhang, Varoth Lilascharoen, Zihui Xu, Byung Kook Lim, Randy J. Seeley, J. Julius Zhu, Michael M. Scott, Zhiping P. Pang.

Neuron, Volume 96, Issue 4, p897–909.e5, 15 November 2017.

This work was a natural extension of research she was conducting in the laboratory of Dr. Ed Wagner, Professor of Basic Medical Sciences in COMP, for her master’s dissertation.

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From the College of Optometry:

WesternU, Sight Savers America to provide assistive devices to children with severe visual impairment
Western University of Health Sciences and Sight Savers America are partnering to provide eight children with Freedom Scientific Onyx HD Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVMs) to help them complete schoolwork, see their loved one’s faces and keep up with the academic demands of their fully-sighted peers at school.

The recipients are between the ages of 7 and 16 and live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Ventura counties. They will receive their EVMs and learn how to use them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017 at WesternU’s new Century City Eye Care Institute at 2080 Century Park East Suite 800, Los Angeles, California, 90067.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

AAHPSA heath fair
On Saturday, Nov. 18, 40 students from the Asian-American Health Professions Student Association (AAHPSA) volunteered at a free health fair in Monterey Park, serving a predominantly Chinese-American population. This annual clinic was held in conjunction with UCLA undergraduate and medical volunteers, with WesternU-COMP students providing free osteopathic manipulative diagnoses, glucose, and cholesterol screenings. Under the preceptorship of Dr. Steven Lam, Dr. David Redding, and four OMM pre-doctoral teaching fellows (Raymond Truong, Peter Lee, Christina Bohr, and Eric Cam), AAHPSA addressed the concerns of more than 150 patients. Next semester, AAHPSA volunteers will continue to take their clinical training and their unique osteopathic skills to patients in other areas of Southern California. 

The event was covered by the World Journal Chinese news. The Chinese can be translated roughly through a Google Chrome browser.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Assistant Professor Jijun Hao has been notified by the Journal of Applied Biomedicine of the acceptance of his publication, “DMH4, a VEGFR2 inhibitor, effectively suppresses growth and invasion of lung cancer cells.”