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 will be served to the first 200 attendees. Please RSVP by Oct. 3 to Carla Kavanaugh at 909-469-8447 or ckavanaugh@westernu.edu. 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. Click here to read more.

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. Click here to read the full story.

Student loan default rate drops

Student loan defaults typically increase as unemployment rises and the economy struggles. But Western University of Health Sciences’ Student Loan Default Rate declined from 0.4 percent to 0.1 percent in the latest report from the U.S. Department of Education. This default rate is a two-year default rate for the year ending June 30, 2009. Click here to read the full story.

Career Ladder

Students from Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, Calif., will join Western University of Health Sciences’ 2011-12 Pomona Health Career Ladder and become part of a new high school cohort. Click here to read the full story.

Click here for more information about the Pomona Health Career Ladder and Lebanon Health Career Ladder.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

OPSO participation

Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO) held its annual conference and membership meeting in Portland. Click here to read about COMP-Northwest’s participation and awards.

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP and CPM Assistant Professor Mathew Wedel, PhD, is featured in the October 2011 issue of National Geographic. Click here to read the full story.

Marek Malecki, MD, PhD, was an invited speaker at the 3rd Annual Next Generation Diagnostics Summit: Moving Assays to the Clinic – Emerging Molecular Markers of Cancer on Aug. 23-24, 2011 in Washington, D.C. He presented the lecture “Biomarkers of Cancer Malignancy for Clinical, Molecular Diagnosis.”

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

October is National Physical Therapy Month – look for events coming up this next month throughout the campus that promote sports injury prevention across the lifespan through physically active lifestyles.

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, recently consulted with a veterinary dentist in Orange County about the challenges of proper ergonomics and body mechanics for this unique clinical setting.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Janice Hoffman presented a talk on “New Atypical Antipsychotics – Risks in the Elderly,” at the Long Term Care Weekend 2011 sponsored by the California Pharmacists Association and The Pharmacy Foundation of California, held Sept. 24-25 at the Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Dr. Gollapudi Shankar has been invited to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Autacoids, given his interest and expertise in Serotonin.

Dr. Sheryl Chow will moderate a session at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011, “Improving Clinical Outcomes and Patient Safety Through Interventions by Clinical Pharmacists.” This session will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13, and is a definite pull for the profession and for interprofessional collaboration. Click here to read a release published in Formulary and Drug Topics.

MSPS student Eleanor Liu gave a poster presentation on Sept. 19, 2011 at the 51th InterScience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), the premier conference in this field organized by the American Society for Microbiology. Her presentation title is “C1-1222b – Biochemical Characterization of the Metallo-beta-lactamases IMP-6 and IMP-25, a Single and a Double Mutant of IMP-1.” Other authors on the poster are Kevin Pegg, a graduate student at Cal Poly and Dr. Peter Oelschlaeger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary professor and parasitologist Dr. Malika Kachani was invited to give a plenary presentation titled “One Health and Horizontal Approaches in Cystic Echinococcosis Control: Challenges and Opportunities for Middle Eastern and North African Countries” at the 24th World Congress of Hydatidology in Urumqi, Xinjiang (China). Dr. Kachani also served as a session chair and during the meeting she observed a high quality Chinese hospital and program of clinical care and research on hydatid disease.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

College of Dental Medicine Bridge

Click here to read the first edition of the college’s newsletter.

From University Advancement:

Grant funding

The College of Graduate Nursing received word that they have been awarded a grant of $500,000 from The Fletcher Jones Foundation (http://www.fletcherjonesfdn.org/Index.htm) for an endowed chair. The chair, to be held by Jan Boller, PhD, RN, will be The Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair for Nursing Quality and Safety.

The College of Allied Health Professions has been awarded a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services totaling $507,754 over five years for the Physician Assistant program. The grant will provide equipment, recruitment assistance, and student stipends.

Alumni News

The Alumni Office hosted a fun and delicious dinner for 27 alumni and guests in Portland during the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon’s annual Primary Care Conference Sept. 15. COMP-Northwest Executive Associate Dean Paula Crone, DO ’92, provided those in attendance with an update on the first few weeks of classes at the new Lebanon campus. Alumni Director Russel Heskin also visited the Lebanon campus to briefly speak to the new students and present them with a gift from the Alumni Association.

The Alumni Office hosted a reception in Long Beach during the California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference Sept. 22. More than 100 alumni, students, faculty and guests were in attendance, causing the reception to spill out of its assigned event room and into an adjacent hallway.

Dozens of alumni and students gathered at the California Academy of Physician Assistants’ Annual Conference in Palm Springs Sept. 23-24. Attendees stopped by the WesternU exhibit table to find out the latest news and information from campus, as well as an evening reception on Saturday night.