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This Week@WesternU, Sept. 6-9, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

September 6, 2011

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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. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Li Zhong, PhD, Basic Medical Sciences, was invited to present his poster titled “Combined measurement of serological tumor-associated antigen and antibody for detection of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma” at the 7th Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) Scientific Workshop.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Vicky Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, and Professor/Associate Dean of Research, CAHP, Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, for their role in receiving a grant for the multidisciplinary study “Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Alone or in Combination on Balance and Visual Function in Patients with Vertigo and Somatic Dysfunction.” The $99,000 grant was awarded through the American Osteopathic Association and will support this two-year study involving COMP-OMM and the College of Optometry.

San Diego Triathlon Challenge fundraiser

A 3-year-old Claremont boy who is living life to the fullest despite multiple health problems has inspired Doctor of Physical Therapy students to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation by competing in the San Diego Triathlon Challenge. WesternU DPT students held a “Team JJ Lunch and Learn,” featuring Joshua Miller and his mother, Laura, on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Please click here to read more and to view a slideshow.

Click here to donate to the WesternU DPT Team JJ.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Janice Hoffman for being the guest editor for the summer issue of the California Pharmacist Association journal and for the article she also contributed. Congratulations to Linda Danh as well for her report on WesternU. Click here to view the journal.

Dr. Quang Le published an article with collaborators at USC: Turpcu A, Le QA, Bleichrodt H, and Doctor JN. How to Aggregate Health? Separability and the Effect of Framing. Med Decis Making. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 21875951. Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Gollapudi Shankar has been appointed to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of CSHP (California Society of Health System Pharmacists).

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Veterinary Medicine students from the Class of 2011 scored a record high of 98 percent on their North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) final pass rate. Click here to read the full story.

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