This Week@WesternU 
May 24-28, 2021
WesternU celebrates the Class of 2021

Western University of Health Sciences celebrated the accomplishments of about 1,100 graduates in 11 virtual Commencement ceremonies held May 17-21, 2021.

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College of Optometry partners with Lumenis for laser lab

The College of Optometry recently partnered with Lumenis to provide training to students in cutting-edge laser therapy treatments.

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COMP-Northwest professor publishes secondhand smoke study

COMP-Northwest Professor Glen Kisby, PhD, is the senior author of a recently-published study on the harmful effects of chronic exposure to secondhand smoke.

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WesternU to conduct OMT research study
The COMP NMM/OMM Department invites students, faculty, and staff at all WesternU colleges to participate in a research study investigating the use of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) possibly improving antibody response to COVID-19 vaccination being conducted by NMM/OMM and Family Medicine Professor Jesus Sanchez, DO. This study has received IRB approval and CRT approval and is set to begin June 11, 2021.
The purpose of this study is to determine if Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and lymphatic techniques will increase the antibody production in response to the COVID-19 vaccine. WesternU is looking for participants who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 200 participants will be enrolled in the study and will receive a COVID-19 vaccination on WesternU's Pomona, California campus.

Words for Grads
The Office of Alumni Relations invites you to offer your well wishes to our WesternU Class of 2021.
Please welcome the following recent hires to WesternU:

WesternU Health: Jeannette Arteaga, Medical Records Specialist
Research and Biotechnology: Ellen Teneriello, Animal Care Operations Manager
WesternU Dental Center: Kristi Torres, Registered Dental Assistant
Clinical Education: Jonathan Ayala, Rotations Coordinator I
From the College of Pharmacy:
The California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pacific Coast Preceptor Conference provides education programs for pharmacy preceptors. This year, it was held on a virtual platform May 13-15. PPAD faculty were very involved with the conference and provided several presentations and discussions.
Anne Kugler, Mark Nguyen, Jason Wong. Perspectives on Remote Rotations: An Interactive Panel Discussion. This session was moderated by 2016 alumnus, Dr. Brandon Samson.
Joelle Ayoub, Erik Skoglund, Mark Nguyen. How to Maintain Resilience and Overcome Challenges of Virtual Experiential Learning.
Emmanuelle Schwartzman. Precepting Pearls: Structuring Your Learning Experience to Support Student/Resident Success.
Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius and her colleagues published a paper in JAMA Cardiology describing the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation aged 65 to 74 years, without other known risk factors (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age > 75 years, diabetes, stroke, vascular disease, age 65-74 years, female sex), and not on anticoagulation therapy.
Abdel-Qadir H, Singh SM, Pang A, Austin PC, Jackevicius CA, Tu K, Dorian P, Ko DT. Evaluation of the risk of stroke without anticoagulant therapy in men and women with atrial fibrillation aged 66 to 74 years without other CHADS2-VASc factors. JAMA Cardiol 2021; doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.1232. Published online May 19, 2021.
Dr. Peter Oelschlaeger and his lab members/collaborators Drs. Mohammad Faheem, Juergen Pleiss (Institute of Biochemistry and Technical Biochemistry, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany), MSPS alumnus Charles J. Zhang, and PharmD 2022 Candidate Monica N. Morris published the following: Faheem M, Zhang CJ, Morris MN, Pleiss J, Oelschlaeger P. Role of Synonymous Mutations in the Evolution of TEM β-Lactamase Genes. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2021;65(6):e00018-21. doi: 10.1128/aac.00018-21. Link to Article.
WesternU in the news

COMP-NW recognizes the class of 2021 Lebanon Express, May 21
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