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Nobel Prize Candidate in a New Academic Program at AUHS – STRESS

Dr. Lenard Lichtenberger

On February 28th, Dr. Lenard Lichtenberger, a professor at the University of Texas-Houston, visited AUHS, gave a lecture on new types of aspirin-like drugs & participated in discussions with AUHS executive leadership & faculty of the School of Pharmacy. Namely, Prof. Lichtenberger discovered a few years ago that small chemical modification in the molecules of aspirin & other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) will make these drugs much safer & less damaging to the gastrointestinal (GI) system where these drugs usually exert their side-effects. These novel drugs were not only discovered, but also developed, clinically tested by Prof. Lichtenberger’s group of investigators, & since they been recently approved by FDA, there will be on the market very soon.

This visitation & lecture took place in the new academic program named after the discoverer of biologic stress Hans Selye. This “Hans Selye Visiting Professorship” existed for more than 20 years at UCI & Long Beach VA Medical Center, but since its creator recently joined AUHS faculty, he moved this prestigious academic program to AUHS. Namely, the previous “Hans Selye Visiting Professors” included 6 Nobel prize winners & more than a dozen Nobel nominees & many more internationally known scientists.

The other relevance of the new academic program, named after the ‘father of biologic stress’ is that AUHS is planning to create an international institute of stress education, prevention & management. With the growing frequency & severity of stress-related diseases, esp., the recently recognized “toxic stress” at the society level, there is a need not only for a good understanding of biological stress & psychological/societal stressors but also to investigate & learn about their prevention & treatment.

About American University of Health Sciences

AUHS is a Christian based, minority-serving university, which educates students for careers in the healthcare profession. AUHS emphasizes the values of faith in God, love of humankind, and belief that all people have a right to healthcare and deserve a good quality of life based on the wellness of body, mind, and spirit. The university celebrates diversity and reaches out to groups currently underrepresented in healthcare and research. AUHS provides the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, hands-on practical training and supportive environment required to create competent and compassionate healthcare professionals.

American University of Health Sciences is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S Department of Education (USDOE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). wascsenior.org

American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: info@tracs.org], having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 24, 2017. This status is effective for a period of up to five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). tracs.org