Students invited to learn entrepreneurial skills at Pomona Innovation Weekend

Western University of Health Sciences is partnering with Cal Poly Pomona and the Pomona Chamber of Commerce on the second Pomona Innovation Weekend, an intense three-day workshop where students learn how to turn an idea into a business.

Pomona Innovation Weekend, previously called 3-Day Startup Pomona, will take place Oct. 20-22, 2017 in the Bronco Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona. The event is free and open to all graduate and undergraduate students. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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Musicians in Medicine Benefit Concert

The Musicians in Medicine Benefit Concert raised more than $2,300 for hurricane relief. Click here to read a message from second-year College of Veterinary Medicine student Trusten Moore about the concert:



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Third-year COMP-Northwest osteopathic medical students Nam Nguyen, Jacob Leroux, Derek Titus, Matthew White, Jessica Hu, and Max Taylor, gave presentations as part of two different panels at the Oregon Health Authority’s Mid-Valley Summit in Salem on Sept. 22. Click here to read more.

Dennis Muscato, MS, was an invited speaker at the American Medical Association (AMA) ChangeMedEd Conference “Creating a Community of Innovation” Sept. 12-14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. He presented “The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) offers leadership, guidance, and resources to advance the adoption and implementation of lifestyle medicine curricula throughout medical education.” AMA ChangeMedEd is a national conference bringing together leaders from across the education continuum, as well as from innovative educational institutions, to continue changing the way future physicians are trained.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Brion Benninger, MD, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and Clinical Anatomy, and Medical Anatomy Center executive director, designed and hosted an Innovative Wet & Dry Simulation Skills Lab for Pre-hospital Care and Wilderness Medicine for the Oregon Emergency Medical Services celebrating 25 years of excellence in education Sept. 21-24, 2017. Click here to read more.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
U.S. Army Capt. Jeremy Lewis, DVM ’10, recently participated in the RHC-A Best Medic Competition. He was a member of the winning team. The competition included a physical fitness test, day and night land navigation, a 12-mile foot march, combat water survival, knot assessment/swiss seat, combat trauma lane urban and the M4 rifle and 9mm pistol stress shoot range.  

Capt. Lewis will be traveling to San Antonio to compete in the MEDCOM competition Oct. 27 to Nov. 2. This competition is a two-soldier team competition that challenges the Army’s best medics in a 72-hour demanding, continuous, and realistic simulated operational environment. The operational environment requires medics to be agile and adaptive, demonstrate mature judgment and initiative, and to find and exploit opportunities. This competition provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase the capabilities of the Army medical personnel.

CVM Post-Doc student Elton Vasconcelos has a recent publication as a result of his previous research project in Brazil last year: He passed through a migration from protozoan trypanosomatid parasites’ genome studies (primitive unicellular eukaryotes that lack introns, and, therefore alternative splicing) to a more genetically complex trematode worm (the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni). He developed a computational pipeline on order to identify more than 7,000 novel long non-coding RNAs (IncRNAs) in the whole genome/transcriptome of S. mansoni. It had never been studied in that organism before. He is seeking collaborations with anyone interested in IncRNAs and/or high-throughput transcriptomic approaches. He is under the supervision of Drs. Pedro Diniz and Brian Oakley in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi and his colleagues published a research article in Canadian Veterinary Journal (CVJ 58; 8: 823-828) titled, “Response to acupuncture treatment in horses with chronic laminitis.” The study was supported by an extramural grant from AHVM foundation. Authors include: Babak Faramarzi, Dongbin Lee (Dr. Faramarzi’s post-doctoral fellow), Kevin May (private practitioner and past president of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) and Fanglong Dong (GCBS biostatistician). The increasing interest in integrative and alternative treatments led the researchers; the authors have also been interviewed by several related national journals/newsletters.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Diabetic amputation rates
Foot and Ankle Center Medical Director Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM, is featured in two web-based news articles on diabetic amputation rates that prompted a third article. The two original articles are here: (Sept. 20, 2017) and (Sept. 22).

On Oct. 2, 2017, a follow-up article was published: