Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship

You’re invited to the 10th annual Pumerantz Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Health Education Center Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

The guest speaker is Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, Presence Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University.

This lectureship, in honor of WesternU’s founder and president emeritus, is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Elaine Sarkaria and the late Dr. Daljit Sarkaria of Orange, California. 

The lecture is free and open to all, and will be live streamed to the COMP-Northwest campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Click here for more information.



From University Advancement:

Alumni reunion
WesternU will hold an Alumni Reunion Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 on WesternU’s Pomona campus. All alumni are invited to attend as we also honor the classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Registration will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. A campus open house will run from 4 to 6 p.m. The program and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

Click here to visit the Alumni Reunion 2018 website: https://www.westernu.edu/AlumniReunion/#totop



From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dalia Seleem, DDS, PhD, recently published an article she co-authored titled “Fungal-Host Interaction: Curcumin Modulates Proteolytic Enzyme Activity of Candida albicans and Inflammatory Host Response In Vitro” in the International Journal of Dentistry, vol. 2018, Article ID 2393146, 7 pages. Click here to view the article: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijd/2018/2393146/



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Arezoo Campbell, PhD, along with her collaborator published the following: Bondy S, Campbell A. Mechanisms Underlying Tumor Suppressive Properties of Melatonin. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018;19(8):2205. PubMed PMID: doi:10.3390/ijms19082205. Link to Article 

Jeffrey Wang, PhD, was invited by the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) to participate in the Anonymization Study. The study tests the effects of anonymity on the outcome scores of grant applications.  Participants will review, score, and provide feedback on sample R01 grant applications. This study is designed to support CSR’s mission to ensure the grant review process enables NIH to fund the most promising research. 

Dr. Quang Le published the following: Le QA, Hay JW, Becker R, Wang J. Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Sequential Treatment of Abaloparatide Followed by Alendronate Versus Teriparatide Followed by Alendronate in Postmenopausal Women With Osteoporosis in the United States. Annals of Pharmacotherapy (IP = 2.765).http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1060028018798034. [Epub ahead of print]

Park C, Le QA. The Effectiveness of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review of Literature and Meta-analysis. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics (IP = 2.921). 2018 Sep;20(9):613-621.https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/dia.2018.0177.
Co-author Dr. Cindy Park is a former student of Dr. Le. 



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, is co-first author and co-chair, with Oliver Garden, PhD, FHEA, FRCVS, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s Consensus Panel and Consensus Statement on the diagnosis of, review of evidence for triggers for, and recommendations for underlying disease screening for  immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) in dogs and cats. Click here to read more.

CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi was recently informed that his research manuscript has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Sciences. Co-authors include fourth-year CVM student Athena Kepler, who is Dr. Faramarzi’s research student, and Dr. H. Dobson, professor of radiology. The authors, for the first time, used MRI technology and provided 3-D analysis of the equine foot, comparing ratios and correlations among osseous and soft tissues, as a means of predicting injuries. Full citation: Faramarzi, B., Kepler, A. ad Dobson, H. (2018) Morphovolumetric analysis of the hoof in Standardbred horses. Accepted: J. of Eq. Vet. Sci.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Gail Singer-Chang, PsyD, Fanglong Dong, PhD, Natalie Nevins, DO, Michael Seffinger, DO, Janice Blumer, DO, Niela Darmani, MSHS, and Scott Helf, DO, MSIT, had their poster/abstract accepted for OMED 2018 (Osteopathic Medical Education Conference) and publication in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA): “Structure and Function in Medical Education: Trend Analysis of Osteopathic Medical Student Emotional Intelligence (EI) Suggests Curricular Modifications May Improve Functional Traits.”

Gail Singer-Chang, PsyD, Fanglong Dong, PhD, Michael Seffinger, DO, Natalie Nevins, DO, Janice Blumer, DO, Helen Musharbash, MSHS, and Scott Helf, DO, MSIT, had their manuscript titled “Self and Other in Medical Education: Initial EI Trend Analysis Widens the Lens Around Empathy and Burnout” accepted for publication in the JAOA.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor, Executive Director, innovative medical educator and health care futurist integrated technologies with anatomical expertise to facilitate learning, training and ultimately improved patient care regarding chest drains. Collapsed lungs are common and potentially life threatening and Dr. Benninger has been developing newer iterations of technology that is being used by the military which expedites placing chest drains. The standard and/or current chest tube placement techniques practiced in civilian medicine is antiquated and relatively crude. Dr. Benninger used Google docs and organized second-year medical students belonging to the Surgical, Emergency Medicine, Military and Orthopaedic Clubs which he is the adviser, teaching them an innovative technique with Reactor technology to successfully place chest drains in the wet simulation or anatomy skills lab he designed. This technique with Reactor technology is easier to learn and apply, results in faster placement and therefore relieve symptoms quicker. Dr. Benninger has begun training some of the first-year students and his goal is to train all first- and second-year students during the next couple months.


From Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD):

Open House
LEAD celebrated the start of the new academic year with 87 students representing six colleges at its open house on Tuesday, August 28. In addition to enjoying fruit sundaes, students had the chance to meet other students as well as LEAD academic counselors and win prizes. Photos are located on LEAD’s Facebook page