For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

Touro Students To Present Their Research During 13th Annual Research Day

(Vallejo, CA – April 25, 2014) – More than 60 abstracts will be on display at Touro University California during its 13th Annual Research Day, an event that showcases original research by faculty and students while celebrating the contributions our researchers have made in science, clinical practice, education and public health.

“Our faculty and students are focused on graduate, professional education. At Touro, we create an environment which values and nurtures intellectual curiosity and the development and sharing of knowledge which translates to professional practice, better patient outcomes, and lower health care costs,” said Shelley Berkley, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division.

This free event, held at Touro’s Farragut Inn from 3-6 p.m. on April 30th, caps off a series of events being held on campus.

Dr. Ira Schwartz, Professor and Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College since 2002, will be this year’s keynote speaker between 1-2 p.m. He is a member of the editorial boards of Infection and Immunity and Emerging Infectious Diseases, has served on numerous NIH and American Heart Association review panels and is an external advisory board member for the NIH-funded INBRE program for the state of Oklahoma.  

The afternoon also includes a presentation by Dr. Joseph Walsh in “Inhibition of HIV Fusion by Proteins and Small Molecules,” from 2-2:30 p.m., as well as a presentation by Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz in “The Conversion of Sugar to Fat: The Biochemical Pathway Responsible for Cardiovascular, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver and Diabetes” from 2:30-3 p.m.

As a way to encourage collaborative learning and practice across Touro’s health programs, the University is holding an Interprofessional Education Day during the morning of April 30th, which connects the three Colleges, promotes teamwork, fosters mutual understanding, strengthens research, and advances health.

This session, which includes programs from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Education and Health Sciences, is an exercise that gives an opportunity for Touro students and faculty from professions in health and education to cultivate collaborative practice for providing client-centered health care.

13th Annual Research Day Schedule of Events:

Lander Hall, Lecture Hall A

1-2p.m.:          Keynote speaker Dr. Ira Schwartz

2-2:30 p.m.:    Dr. Joseph Walsh, “Inhibition of HIV Fusion by Proteins and Small Molecules”

2:30-3 p.m.:    Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz, “The Conversion of Sugar to Fat: The Biochemical Pathway Responsible for Cardiovascular, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver and Diabetes”

Farragut Inn Ballroom

3-6 p.m.:         Poster Session and Reception (hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served).

For more information on Research Day, please visit The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Interprofessional Education Day, contact Andrea Garcia at or by calling at 707-638-5272. This event is not open to the public.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: