April 18, 2016 Edition

A Note from the Provost

The campus celebrated several events on campus last week, which created excitement at Touro among faculty, staff, and students!

The IPE workshop focused on ways to develop a curriculum map which tracks IPE competencies throughout all our academic programs; discussed current IPE elective courses; and planned for the Fall 2016 student orientations. We also had updates about two current Interprofessional activities which have been very successful: the Diabetic Prevention Program and the Student-Run Free Clinic. The meeting was attended by students, faculty and staff.

Research Day featured presentations from Drs. Robert Lustig, Jay Shubrook and Carinne Brody, followed by 95 research posters showcased in Farragut Inn. This annual event reveals cutting-edge student research and innovative research approaches.

The campus also had a wonderful presentation by Dr. Thomas L. Snyder, MD., recognized historian on Naval medicine, who discussed the vast and colorful history of the first Naval hospital on the West Coast at Mare Island.  Meanwhile, students dressed in blue posed on the steps of Lander Hall on April 12th in observance of Autism Awareness Day, symbolizing autism as a growing global health priority.

And earlier this month, Touro’s 3rd Annual Legislative Banquet featured a high-profile Interprofessional dinner which fostered discussions between legislators, students, physicians, and pharmacists on the importance of interdisciplinary teams to improve access to patient care.

As you can see, we have had many great events take place the past two weeks, which solidifies the dedication our students, faculty and staff continue to demonstrate in their commitment to healthcare and education. Well done!

Dr. Marilyn Hopkins
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Touro University California

15th Annual Research Day

An exciting buzz filled the air inside a crowded Lander Hall A as a highly distinguished lineup of speakers kicked-off this year’s “15th Annual Research Day,” an event that showcases the recent work of Touro University California’s faculty and students.

This year, Research Day saw an increase of 22% over last year, with a record 95 poster presentations.

Attendees enjoyed the keynote address presented by Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California San Francisco and expert in childhood obesity and metabolism. In late 2015, Touro researchers and investigators, together with Dr. Lustig, reported striking results from a study in which fructose was restricted in the diets of 43 children between the ages of 9 and 18 who were obese and had at least one other chronic metabolic disorder, such as hypertension, high triglyceride levels, or a marker of fatty liver.

Further expanding on the health crisis that is diabetes, Touro diabetologist Jay Shubrook, DO, spoke on his many research and outreach programs geared at making a vast impact for the more than 1 in 3 Californians currently diabetic or pre-diabetic. The speaking series ended with Carinne Brody MPH, MA, DrPH, from the Public Health program, who showcased recent research in Cambodia that received astounding funding.

“This is an annual event that honors our students and their faculty mentors in their pursuit of outstanding research,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro. “Our highly motivated students and faculty exhibit poster and oral presentations that illustrate the breadth, depth and growth of our research. Our outstanding oral sessions have a focus on human metabolism research and public health – two of the strongest areas of research on our campus. ”

Dr. Hopkins, Provost and COO of Touro University California, agrees.

“As a university heavily invested in graduate and professional education, we need to create an environment which values and nurtures intellectual curiosity and the development of new knowledge which contributions to professional practice,” she said.

Touro’s Research Day is a campus tradition that provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their research efforts with the campus community and local guests.

“From humble beginnings with 4-5 posters 15 years ago to the current record of almost 100 contributions, the program has encouraged the development of joint research projects and increases the student body awareness of the quality and range of research conducted on campus,” said Dr. Alejandro Gugliucci, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The event attracted hundreds of students, faculty and staff to the presentations and poster session at Farragut Inn.