National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month and the Western Diabetes Institute joins the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) in raising awareness about the importance of setting goals and making a plan to prevent type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP Dean Clinton Adams, DO, MPA, FACHE, received the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 2011 Dale Dodson Award on Nov. 2. The award recognizes a current or past CEO or CAO of an osteopathic medical college who has made a significant contribution to the advancement or support of osteopathic medical education.

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Dr. Steven Lam was a guest speaker at the 4th Annual Vietnamese Educational Conference on Diabetes, sponsored by Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen and the American Diabetes Association on Nov. 5 at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr. Nissar Darmani has been selected as a member of the editorial board of the ISRN (International Scholarly Research Network) Pharmacology, a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of pharmacology.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, presented at two one-day courses, “Rehab in Multiple Sclerosis – Strategies for Physical and Occupational Therapists,” sponsored by Interface Rehab, Inc. Dr. Hudson-McKinney was one of three invited speakers who participated in each of the day-long courses that were offered recently at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and at The Center at Founders Village in Fountain Valley.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Sherman Indian High School visit

The College of Pharmacy invited 20 students from Sherman Indian High School to campus to spark their interest in the health professions. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary pathologist and Assistant Professor Dr. Suzana Tkalcic published an article, “Incidence and factors associated with early pregnancy losses in Simmental dairy cows,” a collaboration with Croatian scientists who sought to establish the extent and patterns of early pregnancy loss from days 32 to 86 of gestation, and to check relationships between management system, milk yield, ambient temperature, body condition score, bull and parity on the early pregnancy loss rate for Simmental dairy cattle in Croatia. Dr. Tkalcic is credited by the investigators especially for her role in shaping the content, style and language in writing this manuscript.

Veterinary internist and Assistant Professor Dr. Pedro Diniz published an article, “Vector-Borne Diseases in Client-Owned and Stray Cats from Madrid, Spain.” The article was the product of the work done in Spain by former graduate student Tanya Ayllon (first author) who Dr. Diniz closely mentored during this study. The manuscript evaluated risk factors, clinical and laboratory abnormalities associated with Ehrlichia spp., Anaplasma spp., Neorickettsia spp., Leishmania spp., and Bartonella spp. infection or exposure in 680 client-owned and stray cats.

Veterinary Professor of Anatomy Dr. Wael Khamas, in cooperation with colleagues in Pakistan, contributed to the research and successful publication of an article in the Journal of Camel Practice and Research, “Seasonal changes in the anatomy of the testis of one-humped camel (Camelus dromedaries).” The dromedary remains an important draft and food animal in desert nations of west Asia and northern Africa and can enjoy a lifespan of 40-50 years. A large feral population is found in central Australia. Dr. Khamas has undertaken several studies regarding the camel during his career that began in Iraq and Jordan. He currently has several joint projects with researchers in several countries and therefore brings international visibility to our university.

The full citation of the article is: Seasonal changes in the anatomy of the testis of one- humped camel (Camelus dromedaries). Journal of Camel Practice and Research 18(1):145-153.