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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 24-28, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

October 24, 2011

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Pumerantz Lecture

Dr. Robert Margolis, Managing Partner and CEO of HealthCare Partners, will be the featured speaker at the third annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at Western University of Health Sciences. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Lecture Hall I of the Health Education Center. Dr. Margolis’ topic is “The Future of Health Care Delivery: A Physician’s Perspective.” Click here to read more.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Christine Eddow, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, CHT, on her recent appointment to the Scientific Review and Mentorship Board, which is part of the Research Division of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Dr. Eddow is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) as awarded by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, and has both Orthopedic (OCS) and Women’s Health (WCS) Clinical Specialization from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Mary Wardell, DPT ’08, and Associate Dean for Research Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, have two commentaries coming out soon: Redman-Bentley, D. & Wardell, M. (November 2011). Commentary on walking stride rate patterns in children and youth. Clinical Bottom Line. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 23(4).

Redman-Bentley, D. & Wardell, M. (January 2012). Commentary on Bayley Scales of Infant Development Screening Test – Gross Motor Subtest: Efficacy in Determining Need for Services. Clinical Bottom Line. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 24 (1).

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

WesternU was well represented at The American Colleges of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting, held Oct. 15-17, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Sheryl Chow was inducted as a Fellow, which is a high honor presented to a clinician. She also served as a career path roundtable facilitator, resident/fellow poster judge, and moderated the ACCP Cardiology PRN and American Heart Association Focus Session- The “Me” Generation of Healthcare: Personalized Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease. The latter was highlighted in an interview by the ACCP Daily Newspaper titled, “The role of genetics in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy up for debate.” Finally, she presented a poster with current PharmD student: Pio Langsangan: Langsangan PJ, Nomura JH, Hong T, Ishida-Kitazawa L, Chow SL. Inpatient Management of Warfarin Therapy by Pharmacists Compared to Physicians. ACCP Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. October, 17, 2011 Abstract#395

Dr. Chow also recently had a publication cited as a Key article in ACCP: Chow SL, Singh H, DiDomenico R, Dunn SP, Johnson SG, Marrs J, Vardeny O, Bleske BE. Key Articles Related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease: Part II. Pharmacotherapy 2011:31(10)1041. DOI: 10.1592/phco.31.10.1041

Dr. James Scott presented two abstracts: “Comparison of clinical outcomes between ritonavir-boosted atazanavir and unboosted atazanavir in HIV patients on a regimen containing tenofovir” and “Effects of Darunavir, Ritonavir and Darunavir/Ritonavir on T-Cell Activation and Apoptosis using HIV-negative CD4+ Lymphocytes.”

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius attended the ACCP Clinical Practice Committee, where she serves as a member.

WesternU COP had a residency showcase manned by Drs. Cynthia Jackevicius and Don Hsu that was well attended.

Congratulations to MSPS student John Murad, postdoctoral fellow Enma (Veronica) Espinosa, MSPS alumnus Harold Ting (PhD Candidate and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member Dr. Fadi Khasawneh on their most recent publication: Murad JP, Espinosa EV, Ting HJ, Khasawneh FT. The C-terminal segment of the second extracellular loop of the thromboxane A(2) receptor plays an important role in platelet aggregation. Biochem Pharmacol. 2011 Oct 8. The abstract and link to article can be found here: Biochemical Pharmacology has an impact factor of 4.9.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

American Student Dental Association District 11 Meeting

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine hosted leaders from all six California dental schools the weekend of Oct. 14, 2011 for the ASDA District 11 Meeting. California is the only state represented nationally as its own district. ASDA Chapter representatives from across the state came together to hear from Dr. Steven Friedrichsen, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Bruce Schutte and representatives from the California Dental Association on the benefits of organized dentistry and the changes and challenges facing dentists in California. The meeting also included presentations enhancing student knowledge of the business and leadership side of dentistry as well as student presentations on the inner workings of the American Student Dental Association. ASDA at WesternU and the College of Dental Medicine are pleased to have had the opportunity to host such a great event.

From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Baudry named GCBS dean

Dr. Michel Baudry has been appointed dean of the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences at Western University of Health Sciences. Click here to read the full story.

From University Advancement:

New Alumni Connection

The October 2011 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. This edition features the latest news on student research, the Pumerantz Lecture, A Tribute to Caring, and college-specific information. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at

From Institutional Research and Effectiveness:

Kudos on accomplishments

Research analyst Delia Padilla Kallemeyn is co-author of the following publication:

Processes and Outcomes of a Mentoring Program for Latino College Freshmen, Jean S. Phinney, Cidhinnia M. Torres Campos, Delia M. Padilla Kallemeyn, Chami Kim. Article first published online: 13 SEP 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2011.01716.x

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