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This Week@WesternU, Sept. 9-13, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

September 9, 2019

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Heatherington honored for his service as University Trustee

Western University of Health Sciences is grateful for the service and support of Jeff Heatherington, who joined the Board of Trustees in November 2016 and stepped down on August 5, 2019. “We appreciate Dr. Heatherington’s engagement on the Board and for his support of WesternU – past, present and future,” said WesternU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Bond, DO ’82, DrPH. Heatherington has a history with WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific that dates to its founding in 1977. While serving as director of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon, Heatherington helped bring together WesternU and Samaritan Health Services to build the WesternU-Oregon campus in Lebanon, Oregon. Heatherington’s father, J. Scott Heatherington, DO, was a central figure in Oregon’s osteopathic medical profession.


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

CPM at Podiatric Residency Education Summit Midwest
WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine faculty and alumni will present lectures and workshops at the 2019 PRESENT Podiatric Residency Education Summit Midwest September 20-22, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago, Illinois. Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, Medical Director of the Foot and Ankle Center at WesternU Health, Rebecca Moellmer, DPM, Assistant Professor, and WesternU CPM alumnus from the Class of 2017 and Chief Resident at Chino Valley Medical Center Benjamin Kamel, DPM, are scheduled to provide multiple lectures and workshops during the conference. For more details about the conference, visit


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
WesternU CDM Assistant Professor Irina Vukmanovic Nosrat, DDS, PhD, was invited to serve as keynote speaker and chairperson at the Global Conference on “Oral Health & Mental Disorders” July 1, 2019 in Rome, Italy.  She presented on “Innate BDNF overexpression rescues distortion of taste buds induced by chemotherapy.” In collaboration with Christopher Nosrat, DDS, PhD, who developed the transgenic mice, they showed that mice overexpressing BDNF are able to preserve taste bud size following chemotherapy, which also prevents taste loss. Bradley Henson, DDS, PhD, is also co-author on the abstract.

CDM Associate Professor Gary Pape, DDS, MA, presented a seminar titled “Creating Learner Centered Relationships” at the 2019 Institute of Teaching and Learning Workshop in Houston, Texas on August 20, 2019. This workshop was sponsored by the Academy of Advancing Leadership and was attended by health care faculty representing dental, veterinary medicine, and medicine.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, gave three oral platform presentations at the International Symposium of Clinical and Applied Anatomy on June 24 in Spain. He presented on a new flexible bronchoscopy he tested at COMP-Northwest in the clinical anatomy lab titled “Innovative Video Laryngoscope and Bronchoscopy System can be Utilized to Teach and Maintain Intubation Airway Anatomy and Skill Sets.” He presented a project titled “Disruptive Innovation: Converting a Simple Inexpensive Home Security System into a Useful Distance Learning Tool Between Continents.” He also gave a presentation on a topic which had not previously been addressed comprehensively, titled “What is the Anatomical Definition and Function of a Valve?”

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