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This Week@WesternU, Nov. 3-7, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

November 3, 2014

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WesternU gala to raise money for student scholarships

Western University of Health Sciences will raise money for student scholarships and honor pioneers in health care at its annual fundraising gala, “”A Tribute to Caring,”” Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

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WesternU holds cadaver memorial

Western University of Health Sciences students honored their first teachers and patients at the student-sponsored Cadaver Memorial Service on Oct. 28, 2014.

Students who completed their gross anatomy course organized the memorial service for 52 Willed Body Program donors and their families, with special recognition by the Military Medical Student Association to the 13 donors who served in the military.

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Record attendance at Health Career Ladder event

The Health Career Ladder Saturday Academy on Oct. 25, 2014 – Forensic Science & Infectious Disease – set an attendance record for both its Pomona and American Indian participants. More than 400 students and their parents, more than 65 WesternU volunteers and more than 20 institutional partners, including the Pomona Unified School District and Cal Poly Pomona and their students, participated to make the event a resounding success. Thirty second-year HCL students were white-coated, becoming Biomedical Scholars and reaffirming their commitment to the health professions.

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WesternU places signs on roof of Anderson Tower

Western University of Health Sciences placed two highly visible signs on the roof of the Anderson Tower on the southwest corner of Garey Avenue and Second Street in downtown Pomona this week. The first sign was placed on the east side of the building’s roof Oct. 27, 2014 and the second sign was placed on the south side of the building’s roof Oct. 30.

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IndyCar driver with Type 1 diabetes to speak at WesternU

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball, who is the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of IndyCar, is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Western University of Health Sciences.

The talk will take place at the Bartlett Theater in WesternU’s Health Professions Center, 501 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

Kimball, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007, drives the No. 83 car for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. He’s the first licensed driver with diabetes to win a race in the IndyCar series. He makes appearances on behalf of Novo Nordisk and helps spread awareness of diabetes, according to his website.

Novo Nordisk presented Rudolf Mireles, PharmD, pharmacist in charge of the Pharmacy at WesternU, with the opportunity to have Kimball speak with WesternU students, a select group of Pomona Unified School District students who have diabetes, and the general public.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Mihai Covasa of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences has published the following article in PLoS One journal: Duca, F.A., Swartz, T.D., Covasa, M. (2014) Effect of Diet on Preference and Intake of Sucrose in Obese Prone and Resistant Rats. PLoS One. 9(10):e111232.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. David Min has been invited to serve as Chairman of the Transplantation Panel for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy Editorial Board. This is in recognition of his contributions to the literature in the area of transplantation.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was invited as an expert to represent the American Heart Association (AHA) at the Adverse Drug events (ADE) Prevention: 2014 Action Plan Conference, held in Washington, D.C. Oct. 30. The goal of this conference was to identify opportunities to ensure safe and high-quality care of patients who are prescribed the high-priority medications outlined in the ADE Action Plan: anticoagulants diabetic agents, and opioids.

At the recent Society for Medical Decision Making Annual Conference held in Miami, Fla.:

Dr. Olivia Phung gave an oral presentation titled “”Prevalence of Clinical Guideline-Directed Treatment Intensification In Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review,”” Phung OJ, Yin RV, Rajpathak SN.

This work was co-authored by Dr. Raynold Yin who is completing his research fellowship with Dr. Phung.

Dr. Quang Le presented two posters: Le QA. “”Structural Uncertainty of Markov Models for Advanced Breast Cancer: A Simulation Study.””

Le QA, Doctor JN, Zoellner LA, Feeny NC. “”Effects of Treatment Preference on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) Outcome in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Patients.””

Dr. Le also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal – Medical Decision Making.

Dr. Jeffrey Wang received funding from Novo Nordisk Inc. for his research project titled, “”Preclinical Development of an Orally Effective Factor IX-based Agent for the Prophylaxis and Treatment of Bleeding Episodes in Hemophilia B Patients.”” The goal is to discover and develop the first-in-class oral medication for hemophilia. The grant funding is $265,736 for two years and starts on Jan. 1, 2015.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to the student [PI] and faculty from the College of Graduate Nursing (Zhao [DNP graduate]; Edwards & Hicks [faculty]) and Senior Research Analyst Neil Patel, PhD, on their recent publication:

Zhao, X., Edwards, Q. T. Patel, N. & Hicks, R. (2014). Hepatitis B knowledge and preventive practices among Chinese American Immigrants in Southern California. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners doi. 10:1002/2327-6924-12173. [EPUS, Oct 2014]

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Drs. Jensen, Hoppe, Remick, Spors and Egan on this excellent article:

From University Advancement:

Alumni news

More than 350 alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests attended the WesternU Reception at the Space Needle in Seattle, Wash., during the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention on Oct. 27. Check out photos from the event at

A few pictures from the Oct. 24 reception at the CPTA Conference in Oakland can now be found at

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