WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture features groundbreaking biologist and innovator

Western University of Health Sciences will hold its 11th annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Health Education Center Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Click here for more information: https://www.westernu.edu/lecture/#home

The lecture will be streamed live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgy9MSReKTE

Leroy “Lee” Edward Hood, MD, PhD, a biologist who has served on the faculties at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington, will present “Scientific Wellness is Catalyzing a Revolution in 21st Century Medicine.”

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Interprofessional team receives NIH grant funding to study ion channels

An interprofessional research team from Western University of Health Sciences received a $1.25 million National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant (R01) that may lead to new treatments for hypertension, chronic pain, lymphedema and malaria.

College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Yun (Lyna) Luo, PhD, and Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor Jerome Lacroix, PhD, are the principal investigators of “Mechanisms of Mechanical and Chemical Gating in Mechanosensitive Piezo1 Channels.” The four-year grant includes funding of about $300,000 annually for the first two years and about $324,000 for years three and four.

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Southern California Medical Museum Farewell Open House

You are invited to the Farewell Open House for the Southern California Medical Museum www.socalmedicalmuseum.org at the Nursing Science Center from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019. Suggested donation of $10 per person to help with the packing and moving. RSVP to San Bernardino County Medical Society at 909-273-6000 or scobb@sbcms.org.



From the College of Health Sciences:

Health Sciences Information Session
Looking for a career change or a career promotion? Learn about the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) program at the Health Sciences Information Session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 in HEC Classroom F. Lunch will be provided with RSVP by Friday, October 11 to Carrie Rogers at crogers@westernu.edu or 909-469-5300.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Quang Le recently published a paper in the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy describing and demonstrating the use of Discrete-event Simulation in health economic evaluations at the patient level. It should be noted that this paper stemmed from his PhRMA Foundation Value Assessment Challenge Award.

Le QA. Patient-level Modeling Approach Using Discrete-Event Simulation: A Cost-Effectiveness Study of Current Treatment Guidelines for Women with Postmenopausal Osteoporosis. J Manag Care Spec Pharm 2019; 25(10):1089-1095.

Dr. Le has been invited to serve as a member of the Advisory Editorial Board for the journal Medical Decision Making. Dr. Le has served in this capacity for two terms (three-year terms). This will be his third term, as recognition for being an “exceptional editorial board member.”



From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Steven Gold was an invited speaker at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco Sept. 4-8. The meeting was co-hosted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and with over 31,000 attendees, is one of the largest dental conferences in the world.  Dr. Gold lead a hands-on workshop titled “Be Digitally Indispensable: CAD/CAM for Dental Assistants” and also presented a lecture, “CAD/CAM Restoration Margins: The New Gold Standard?” for dentists and clinical team members.

Dr. Setareh Lavasani was featured in the September issue of Incisal Edge magazines, “9th Annual 40 Under 40 – The best, most innovative, most interesting young dentists in America.” Dr. Lavasani stated that she is humbled by the honor and will cherish it for many years to come.  Read the full article here: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/9th-annual-40under40-the-best-most-innovative-most-interesting-young-dentists-in-america/

In addition, Dr. Setareh Lavasani received a recognition plaque for contributing to multiple, different aspects of the International Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology congress held in Philadelphia, Pa. this year. She was one of 13 members of the Organizing Committee, Co-chair of Sponsorship and Commercial Exhibition Committee and a member of the Social Committee. She was also an invited speaker for the main scientific program. She stated that being involved in multiple aspects of organized dentistry in one meeting was a rewarding experience.

Marc Bernardo, DMD ’19, and Michelle Galeon (formerly Michelle Bruce), DMD ’15, recently received the great news that they were among the first recipients of the new grant funded by Prop 56, a voter-approved tobacco tax that CDA and other health care organizations sponsored in 2016.  The grant program awarded $10.5 million in debt relief to 38 dentists (up to $300,000 each) in exchange for the dentists maintaining a 30% or more Medi-Cal patient caseload for five years. Please click here to read how these grants will change the lives of the providers while allowing them to provide much needed care to underserved communities.  https://www.cda.org/Portals/0/update/update_092019.pdf



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
The research team of Drs. Barr, Buur, Gordon-Ross, and Haupt were awarded the Veterinary Education Worldwide (VIEW) first place in the VIEW Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE) Conference Veterinary Medical Education Poster Contest for the ePoster titled, “Assessment of the Clinical Pharmacology Domain of Veterinary Students in a Clinical Workplace: A Grounded Theory Approach for Development of a Cognitive Framework.” Dr. Gordon-Ross presented the work of the team at the 2019 conference held recently in Vienna, Austria.



From the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy:

October is Disability Awareness Month
In 1945 the United States Congress designated October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week” in order to recognize the societal and workforce contributions of people with disabilities. However the word “physically” was removed in 1962 to allow for the inclusion of all Americans with disabilities. In 1988 the name was changed to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” and the week was extended to one month in efforts to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 2010, President Obama issued an Executive Order (No. 13548), which increased Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. This executive order laid out a number of orders that “established the Federal Government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities. This year the National Disability Employment Awareness Month has a theme “The Right Talent, Right Now.” The goal of the 2019 theme is to not only celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities, but to also educate about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.