WesternU to sponsor “Our Body,” provide free health screenings and flu vaccines at LA County Fair

Western University of Health Sciences students and faculty will provide free health screenings and flu vaccines at the Los Angeles County Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in the Crafters Village, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, Calif. 91768.

The health screening is free, but admission to the Fair is not. Click here for instructions on out how to buy discount tickets: http://webassets.westernu.edu/westernu-news/docs/LACF.pdf

WesternU is partnering with Inter Valley Health Plan, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, and Fairplex to once again bring “Our Body: The Universe Within” to the Los Angeles County Fair Sept. 2-25, 2016.

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WesternU students invited to join entrepreneur workshop

Western University of Health Sciences students are invited to a three-day workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills in a hands-on environment.

WesternU students – as well as faculty and staff interested in serving as mentors – can learn more about this program at an information session at noon Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in HEC Lecture Hall 1. Guest speakers will be Olukemi Sawyerr, PhD, director of Cal Poly Pomona’s Student Innovation Idea Lab, and a representative from 3 Day Startup.

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Global Health Club – Summer 2016 Thailand Medical Outreach

This past June, 29 members of Global Health Club participated in a one-week long medical outreach program in northern Thailand, working with an organization called “Where There is No Doctor” to serve the hill tribe communities in the area. Over the course of the week, students hiked to the remote areas where these tribes are located and set up clinics daily to aid individuals who do not otherwise have access to health care. They stayed with host families, engaged in their culture, and made memories to last a lifetime. Click here to view photos: http://www.photosnack.com/priamc/thailandglobalhealthclubtrip.html


Pumerantz Lecture

Western University of Health Sciences presents the eighth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 in Health Education Center Lecture Hall I. The guest speaker is Arti Hurria, MD, Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, and Director, Cancer and Aging Research Program, City of Hope. 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. Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 16 to Special Events Coordinator Rocki Crisostomo at rcrisostomo@westernu.edu or by phone at 909-469-5439. Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Mathew Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM, co-authored a book, The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Life in the Age of Giants, with Mark Hallett.

Publisher link: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/sauropod-dinosaurs

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Sauropod-Dinosaurs-Life-Age-Giants/dp/1421420287/

Dr. Wedel, Nicole Rouse, NMM-OMM Predoctoral Teaching Fellow at COMP-Pomona, Diana Hung, OMS II, and Tyler Hunt of the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History had a peer-reviewed abstract accepted for the 64th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy in Liverpool, England, titled, “Physiological challenges of multi-meter neurons in vertebrates.” Dr. Wedel attended the meeting and presented the talk on  Aug. 25.

Congratulations OMSIII Evan Yates for his winning work at the Midwestern Regional Conference of the Society for Hospitalist Medicine in Chicago. Co-presenting with Evan was his friend and business partner, Mark Biro. The two own a 3D printing company where they’re making medical devices focusing on improving medical education. They presented posters for two of their products and won best overall poster for innovation and clinical research.


Medical Anatomy Center news

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and Clinical Anatomy, was the invited speaker sponsored by the Departments of Physiology and Neuroscience at the prestigious Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, August 19, 2016. He introduced four new ideas regarding cranial nerves and a new novel category of nerve classification under the peripheral nervous system. He suggested a new global definition to cranial nerves resulting in a new renumbering system where he provides three new names, an alternative modality system, and a new nerve category he coined transitional nerves.

Dr. Benninger was also an invited guest speaker at the Swedish Anatomical Society August, 2016 Linkoping, Sweden. He presented his simultaneous triple feedback concept (Google Glass with ultrasound acquired images from finger probe during physical examination) and integrated anatomy into several innovative imaging and medical education projects and ideas.


COMP Seminar Series

COMP will be holding its monthly seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 in Compatriots Hall, HSC, and streamed to Eastmoreland in Lebanon. Jorge F. Giani, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, will be presenting “Renal tubular angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) is central to the development of hypertension.” The COMP Seminar Series, which is open to everyone on campus, runs once a month from September to May. Lunch will be provided with RSVP by noon Wednesday, Sept. 14 to kking@westernu.edu (Pomona) or hsouthern@westernu.edu (Lebanon).  Click here to view a flier.


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
MSBS student Jeff Seinfeld published a paper in eNeuro titled “Differential activation of calpain-1 and calpain-2 following kainate-induced seizure activity in rats and mice.” Co-authors are Neema Baudry, Xiaobo Xu, Xiaoning Bi and Michel Baudry. The paper is available on-line at: http://eneuro.org/content/early/2016/08/28/ENEURO.0088-15.2016.

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Yan Liu published a manuscript titled “Deleting both PHLPP1 and CANP1 rescues impairments in long-term potentiation and learning in both single knockout mice.” Co-authors are Sun, J., Wang, Y., Lopez, D., Tran, J., Bi, X. and Baudry, M. Learning & Memory 23: 399-404. 2016.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Quang Le published the following with COP’s two Outcomes Fellows: Le QA, Bae YH, Kang JH. Cost-effectiveness analysis of trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) in human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) – positive advanced breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment (IF = 4.085). http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10549-016-3958-x.

Dr. Le was invited for a second three-year term on the Editorial Advisory Board of Medical Decision Making, a very well-respected journal in areas of methodology, statistical and modeling techniques which includes decision psychology, health economics, clinical epidemiology and evidence building.


For the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Professor Jeffrey Elo, DDS, MS, and WesternU CDM student Ho-Hyun Sun, DMD ‘17, co-authored the published book chapter entitled Anesthesia and Sedation in the book, A Textbook of Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Volume 3, ISBN 978-953-51-2591-4.  Here is a link to the published chapter http://www.intechopen.com/books/a-textbook-of-advanced-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-volume-3/anesthesia-and-sedation.

Professor Jeffrey Elo, DDS, MS, and WesternU CDM student, Ho-Hyun Sun, DMD 2017 also worked jointly with other authors to publish the article, Common Oral Manifestations of Select Systemic Diseases: Anemia, Diabetes Mellitus and HIV in the CDA Journal, Volume 44, Number 9, September 2016, p. 553.  The link to this article can be found here:  http://www.cda.org/Portals/0/journal/journal_092016.pdf

Assistant Professor Joel Laudenbach, DMD, was Guest Editor of the CDA Journal, Volume 44, Number 9, September 2016.  In this issue, he authored the featured issue introduction, Oral and Systemic Diseases You May Encounter Throughout Your Career, p. 551, and co-authored the article, Mucocutaneous Diseases: Oral Lichen Planus, Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid and Pemphigus Vulgaris, p. 561 in that same issue.  Links to these articles can be found here:  http://www.cda.org/Portals/0/journal/journal_092016.pdf


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on Accomplishments
Associate Professor Yiling Hong’s manuscript titled “Silver Nanoparticles Exhibit Coating and Dose-Dependent Neurotoxicity in Glutamatergic Neurons Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells” has been accepted for publication in NeuroToxicology (NEUTOX_NEUTOX-D-16-00080). Dr. Hong is the corresponding author for this publication.

Associate Professor Yiling Hong has been selected as a mentor for master student Pedro Sorial and undergraduate student Sumara Munoz. Both are funded by California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) bridge grants to work on projects related to stem cell research and regenerative medicine.


From Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE):

Save the date – Oct. 15, 2016
WesternU will host the 15th Annual Trends in Autism Education & Resource Forum: FACE-ing Adult Transition, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Featuring the documentary “Autism: Behind the Camera” by Lillian Vasquez from the KVCR Autism Initiative and a panel discussion. Click here to visit WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE) website for more information.


From Western Diabetes Institute:

Wellness Extravaganza
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 on the WesternU Esplanade. Open to students, staff, faculty and patients. The event, sponsored by Western Diabetes Institute, will feature a tutorial on the Fit2Me app, nutrition and exercise advice from WDI, MEDWell activities, Longitudinal Chronic Care Course, and FarmFresh to You: home delivered organic produce company.


From the Department of Environmental Health and Safety:

Emergency response and self-defense training
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) invites everyone to two upcoming trainings. The first is Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which consists of three (7) hour classes on October 1, 8 and 15 in in Diamond Bar. Click here to view a flier.

The second course is a 90-minute “Women’s Self Defense Workshop” offered in Upland, at a cost of only $15. You will come away with more self-confidence with your abilities to protect yourself. Click here to view a flier.

As a reminder, EHS sells pepper spray in its office in the USC building at a cost of $10. Please take advantage of the Student Safety Escorts or ask any guard for someone to walk you to your vehicle or building. We are here for your safety, so if you see something, say something. Don’t forget to sign up and use the LiveSafe mobile app.


From University Advancement:

Alumni News
More than a dozen events for alumni are scheduled between now and the end of the calendar year, including three in the next two weeks:

Sep. 17: WesternU College of Optometry Alumni Dinner during the Vision Expo West Conference in Las Vegas

Sep. 17: WesternU College of Pharmacy 20th Anniversary Celebration on campus

Sep. 19: WesternU Reception at the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention in Anaheim

For the full list of events, details, and RSVP information, please visit the Alumni Events web page.