Pumerantz Lectureship

The fourth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at WesternU will feature a guest speaker with more than 30 years of health care experience.

Keynote speaker Cliff Holland is Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy for Johnson & Johnson, with responsibility for all federal, state, and international government affairs and policy. He is also a member of the Corporate Group Operating Committee. Holland’s topic will be “Fast Forward: Health Care in the 21st Century.”

The Pumerantz Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in HEC Lecture Hall I.

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WesternU Capital Campaign surpasses goal, builds tradition of giving back

Western University of Health Sciences greatly exceeded its Capital Campaign goal and set the stage for future success in the process. The Capital Campaign had a five-year goal of raising $35 million by WesternU’s 35th anniversary, a yearlong celebration that began Sept. 4, 2012. The WesternU Board of Trustees officially closed the campaign at its August meeting on the recommendation of the Campaign Steering Committee chaired by board Vice Chairman Richard Bond, DO ’82. The campaign concludes with more than $50 million raised, which will benefit all aspects of the University: equipping and furnishing the Health Education Center, Patient Care Center and other campus facilities, supporting research, providing faculty aid and funding scholarships and other support for students.

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Top Doctors

Several WesternU alumni were named as top health care professionals in the region in Inland Empire magazine’s “Top Doctors” edition. The September 2012 article is a roundup of 490 of the region’s favorite doctors, with interviews and short profiles. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD MSc, Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Lebanon, was highly commended on his invited guest lecturer on the History of Medicine lecture Sept. 7, 2012. He has been interested in historical medicine for 20 years and plans to develop a Historical Medical Society Club at the Lebanon campus and then generate interest on the Pomona campus. Dr. Benninger mentored two students the past three years who have received the National Bremner Award, which is given to the top historical research article in Dentistry.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Health Sciences Education News

Congratulations to Lesa Maugh, (HPE track) on her recognition from the Annual Western University Summer Student Technology and Research Symposium (STARS). Lesa was awarded The Project with the Best Educational Research for her continuation of the work initiated by Professors Tim Wood (CAPE) and Roy Guizado (MSPA). Their work investigates clinical decision making during OSCE and practicums comparing the use of media displayed via iPads to the traditional methods utilizing standardized patients and one-dimensional media. Lesa will also join Professor Wood to present their work at the National Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Conference in Seattle, Washington, in November.

Many thanks to Jayzona Alberto, Amanda Brenner and Bryan Solis for their support of Preview Day Aug. 25. All three are completing dual concentrations of Health Professions Education and Community Health Education in the MSHS program. In addition to serving on the SGA, Jayzona and Amanda, together with Bryan are busy raising funds to attend the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) conference to be held in San Francisco in October.

Community Health Education (CHE) students recently welcomed Officer Michael Melendrez of the California Department of Corrections. Community Health Educators often work with gang affiliated persons in the course of their work. Officer Melendrez teaches the fundamentals of gang culture and behavior to improve CHE students’ cultural competence for community-based work.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Ying Huang and other members of the Center for the Advancement of Drug Research and Evaluation (CADRE) on their successful grant funding by the Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) of Macau. The research, part of a collaborative project between the Macau Institute of Medicine and Applied Research, Macau University of Science and Technology and CADRE, is titled “Chinese medicine to overcome resistant chemotherapy: comparison of the effects of Tripterygium wilfordii with other selected herbal extracts in cell models of resistant lung, pancreatic and prostate cancers.” The three-year award, which started Sept. 1, 2012, is for $247,640, including $22,000 to WesternU for molecular and genomic studies under direction of Dr. Huang, Assistant Director of CADRE and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Co-investigators of the project include Wai Kei Lam, Moses S.S. Chow (Director of CADRE), Wai Min Chan, Joan Zuo and Xie Chen.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

On Sept. 8, the College of Optometry held its 2nd Annual Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Symposium. Speakers included College of Optometry faculty members Dr. Maryke Neiberg and Dr. Valerie Wren and guest speakers Dr. Victoria Graham and Dr. Jason Clopton. This continuing education series was a blend of neuro-ophthalmic disease, neuroscience, rehabilitaton, physical medicine and practice management. Interprofessional management between Optometry and Physical Therapy was highlighted. Local and national attendees were present. The College of Optometry and the Eye Care Center is committed to providing ongoing continuing education in this area and integration of interprofessional practices.

College of Optometry faculty members Drs. Frank Spors, Donald Egan, Jie Shen, Lance McNaughton and Stuart Mann, and Research Analyst Neil Patel, published the article “Corneal Wavefront Aberrations in Patients Wearing Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses for Myopia Control” in the Open Journal of Ophthalmology, 2012, 2, 45-53. Click here to view the article.

Drs. Shen and Spors also published “Optical Modeling and Analysis of Peripheral Optics of Contact Lenses” in the Open Journal of Ophthalmology, 2012, 2, 54-59. Click here to view the article.

From the Pumerantz Library:

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