Special Guest Lecture

Western Diabetes Institute presents: Adrian V. Vella, MD, professor of medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition, Mayo Clinic. “Diabetes and its Complications: from Genes to Disease,” noon Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 in HEC – Lecture Hall II. Lunch details to be provided. Sponsored by a grant from The Endocrine Society’s Visiting Professorship in Endocrine Pancreas Preservation. Program supported by Merck. Click here to view a flier.

Big Read

WesternU is joining the city of Pomona and other sponsors to once again bring the joy of books to the public. This year, the Pomona Big Read pays homage to detective fiction, highlighting Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.”

The kick-off event for the fifth annual Pomona Big Read will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. and will feature a Classic Noir panel moderated by “Los Angeles Noir” author Denise Hamilton. Raymond Chandler biographer Judith Freeman, Ross Macdonald biographer Tom Nolan, and Julie Rivett, granddaughter of “The Maltese Falcon” author Dashiell Hammett, will join in this tribute to noir literature.

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Sept. 11 Memorial

The Military Medical Student Association held a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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STARS Awards

Congratulations to all the students and mentors in making the fourth annual STARS, held Sept. 6, 2011, a huge success. Click here to read more. Click here to read a STARS story and to view a slideshow.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Marek Malecki, MD, PhD, chaired the session on Molecular Signatures of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) at the 3rd Annual Personalized Therapy Congress, Sept. 7-8, 2011 in Philadelphia. He was also an invited speaker: “Diagnosis and Prognosis of Patients With Ovarian Cancer Based Upon Molecular Profiling of Tumor Cells From Blood, Lymph, and Peritoneal Fluid, Moderator of the panel: Patient Treatment Guided by CTC Technology.”

Further, he was an invited speaker at the Summit on Translational Biomarkers: Getting to the Clinic on Sept. 8, 2011 in Philadelphia. He presented, “Molecular Biomarker Profiles of Ovarian Cancer Cells Obtained from Intraperitoneal Fluid, Lymph and Blood.”

Matt Wedel, COMP and CPM, attended the Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy in Lyme Regis, England, Sept. 13-16. He gave a talk titled, “A Diplodocus-sized bipedal basal sauropodomorph from the Late Triassic of South Africa,” and was also second author on a talk by Dr. Mike Taylor of Bristol University, “Sauropod necks: how much do we really know?”

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

The Annual Conference of the California Physical Therapy Association is being held this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22-23, at the Long Beach Convention Center. The DPT program will have a booth both days in the exhibit hall, and Alumni Affairs is hosting a WesternU Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in the San Marco Room at the Renaissance Hotel, 111 East Ocean Blvd. You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the reception.

WesternU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students learned firsthand about cutting-edge prosthetic technology and their profession’s vital role in inspiring patients. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

The PA faculty and students are looking forward to the California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) Annual Continuing Education Conference this week in Palm Springs. Students, faculty and alumni will be engaging in health care related topics. Many students will take advantage of the workshops offered including suturing and joint injection. Some PA faculty will be providing lectures, including Brian Tessier and Nancy Nielsen-Brown. Other faculty are providing CAPA leadership such as Tim Wood and Roy Guizado. Saturday will bring various PA programs together for a fun “Jeopardy”-style contest.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD, collaborated with Ellie Vogt, PhD, of UC San Francisco and Shelley Chambers-Fox, PhD, of Washington State University on the lead article in the “Educating for Safety” section of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Volume 75, Issue 7, 2011. Click here to read the article.

Congratulations to Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) alumnus, Abhishek Chaudhary and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, Dr. Sunil Prabhu, on their most recent publication. Other contributors to the paper include Dhruvitkumar Sutaria (MSPS alumnus), and department faculty, Drs. Ying Huang and Jeffrey Wang. The results from their NIH funded, colon cancer chemoprevention project are published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, which enjoys an impact factor of ~5 and is currently ranked # 30 out of 184 oncology journals.

Chaudhary A, Sutaria D, Huang Y, Wang J, Prabhu S. Chemoprevention of Colon Cancer in a Rat Carcinogenesis Model Using a Novel Nanotechnology-Based Combined Treatment System. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2011 Sep 13.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary professor and surgeon Dr. Dominique Griffon has been awarded a grant of $34,000 by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation for her proposed study to “Determine the predictive value of a conformation score in identifying CCLD in Labradors.” The study of the cranial (anterior) cruciate ligament disease (CCLD) in the canine stifle will involve radiographic measurements and a multicenter study with collaborators.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. James Borke, Professor in the College of Dental Medicine, presented a research paper Sept. 2, 2011, in Davos, Switzerland, at the AO Foundation meeting “Where Science meets Clinics.” Dr. Borke’s paper titled “New Rat Model for Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw” was supported by a grant from the AO Foundation. The AO Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in Switzerland and dedicated to improving the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries.

Dr. Bruno Azevedo, an Assistant Professor with the College of Dental Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, recently completed a national and international lecturing tour regarding advances in oral maxillofacial radiology imaging. Dr. Azevedo was the key speaker for several prestigious dental societies including the Virginia Dental Society, San Francisco Endodontic Group, Santa Barbara Dental Society and Wisconsin Dental Society. He was also a key participant during the International Oral Maxillofacial Radiology meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, and a key speaker for the Brazilian Dental Association International Meeting in San Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Azevedo has also lectured to the Oral Radiology PhD Program at the University of San Paulo Brazil. Dr. Azevedo’s lectures cover the latest applications of 3-D imaging modalities in dentistry, which is currently in use at WesternU’s Dental Care Center.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CPM third-year students Adam Beckler, Trevor Black, Lisa Doan, Adrienne Estes, Jacob Stuart and Brett Waverly each received scholarships from the American Podiatric Medical Association Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund for the 2011-12 academic year. Click here to read the story.