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This Week@WesternU, Sept. 7-10, 2010

by Rodney Tanaka

September 7, 2010

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Nissar A. Darmani, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Assistant Dean for Basic Medical Sciences and Research and Interim Chair for Basic Medical Sciences, has been invited to give a talk on “”A Re-Evaluation of the Neurochemical and Anatomical Bases of Chemotherapy-induced Vomiting”” at the third International Conference on Drug Discovery & Therapy in Dubai, UAE in February 2011. This prestigious conference will feature several Nobel Laureates.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. James Scott has received funding of $19,500 from the Collaborative Science Center of Excellence at Bristol-Myers Squibb for Phase 1 of a project titled “”Comparison of Ritonavir-boosted Atazanavir and Unboosted Atazanavir in HIV patients on a Stable HAART Regimen Containing Tenofovir.””

Drs. Amir Zargarzadeh and Anandi V. Law had a podium presentation titled “”In Home Medication Organizers and Reminder Systems: Elderly Patients’ Preference For Use And Perceived Impact On Medication Adherence,”” at the 16th Annual International Social Pharmacy Workshop, held Aug. 23-26 in Lisbon, Portugal.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Epidemiologist Dr. Peggy Schmidt recently published a collaborative study titled: Seroprevalence of Anaplasma marginale in two Iowa feedlots and its association with morbidity, mortality, production parameters and carcass traits.

The complete citation is: Coetzee Johann F., Peggy L. Schmidt, Annette M. O’Connor, Michael D. Apley. Seroprevalence of Anaplasma marginale in 2 Iowa feedlots and its association with morbidity, mortality, production parameters, and carcass traits. Can Vet J 2010;51:862-868.

Veterinary Professor of Avian Microbiology Dr. Teresa Y. Morishita was the invited international speaker and workshop presenter for the 2010 European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians Summer School Aug. 23-27 in Beekes Bergen, Tilburg, the Netherlands. Dr. Morishita’s presentations included “”Avian Disease Transmission in Zoological and Wildlife Settings”” and “”Experiences of a Taxon Advisory Group Veterinary Advisor.”” Dr. Morishita serves as the veterinary advisory to the Galliformes Taxon Advisory Group for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and was asked to share her experiences in developing animal health programs for evaluating the conservation and high priority needs of Galliformes birds (including peafowl, pheasants and their relatives) housed in zoos and natural settings.

Dr. Morishita is also the Editor-in-Chief, since 2005, of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and was asked to speak on “”Ethical Dilemmas in Scientific Publishing.”” She then co-led the week-long workshop with Dr. Marcus Claus of the University of Zurich (Switzerland), Editor of the Journal of Mammalian Biology, on “”How to Write a Scientific Manuscript.”” Congratulations on this international activity that brought recognition to WesternU.

Veterinary Internist and Assistant Professor Dr. Pedro Diniz published an effort to identify pathogen DNA from canine meningoencephalomyelitis patients infected with a variety of vector-transmitted organisms. The study likely rules out the use of PCR for this diagnostic purpose in dogs. The full citation for this paper is: Evaluation of Brain Tissue or Cerebrospinal Fluid with Broadly Reactive Polymerase Chain Reaction for Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia, Bartonella, and Borrelia Species in Canine Neurological Diseases (109 Cases). Barber R.M., Q. Li, P.P.V.P. Diniz, B.F. Porter, E.B. Breitschwerdt, M.K. Claiborne, A.J. Birkenheuer, J.M. Levine, G.J. Levine, K. Chandler, P. Kenny, P. Nghiem, S. Wei, C.E. Greene, M. Kent, S.R. Platt, K. Greer, and S.J. Schatzberg. J Vet Intern Med 2010;24:372-378

From University Advancement:

CVM Support

University Advancement, working with the College of Veterinary Medicine, was able to secure more than $7,000 in support for meals and activities for the DVM Class of 2014 Welcome Week from friends of the College including: Nestle-Purina PetCare, Intervet Schering-Plough, the California Veterinary Medical Association, Merial Limited, Novartis Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Bayer Animal Health and a nearly $12,000 gift in kind donation of new textbooks from Pfizer Animal Health on the importance of good veterinary practice management for each member of the class.


Health Screening & Resource Fair

WesternU and Assemblywoman Norma Torres invite the public to a free Health Screening & Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, on the WesternU campus. Click here to read more.

L.A. County Fair

WesternU is co-sponsoring an exhibit on human anatomy at the Los Angeles County Fair, which runs through Oct. 3.

Click here to read more and to view a slideshow.

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