Future Programs

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. Meetings start at 11:30 AM. The $13 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

October 2015 Program Chair: Roya Ardelan


October 6 – “Gilead and a Cure for Hepatitis C"


Speaker – Dr. Gerard Jensen, Director of Development and Technical Services, Gilead Sciences Inc.

Dr. Jensen will talk to us about Gilead Pharmaceutical Research Company’s upcoming move to La Verne and its effect on the community. He will also discuss the company’s brand new cure for Hepatitis C. Dr. Jenson earned his BS in biochemistry from UCLA and his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Southern California. Since 1995, he has worked in the biotechnology industry at NeXstar Pharmaceuticals and later Gilead Sciences. He is presently the director of development and technical services at the Gilead commercial manufacturing facility in San Dimas. Dr. Jensen has been an adjunct professor at Keck Graduate Institute and is presently an adjunct professor at the California State University at Fullerton. He has taught graduate courses in pharmaceutical development and regulatory affairs. He also has authored many publications and patent applications. 

Introduction: Joe Silva
Fellowship: Ray Lockhart
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

October 13 – “From the Lab to the Labs – How Research Can Improve Pet Care”


Speaker – Dr. Dominique Griffon, DMV, MS, PhD, DECVS, DACVS

Dr. Griffon will speak about clinical advances in small animal orthopedics, which were developed based on scientific evidence. Dr. Griffon graduated as valedictorian from the National Veterinary School of Alfort, France. She completed a Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota prior to pursuing a surgical residency at Kansas State University. She returned to Europe as a lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and became a Diplomat of the European and American Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Griffon also earned a PhD from the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 2002. She served on the faculty of the University of Illinois for 10 years, before joining Western University of Health Sciences in 2011, where she serves as Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Associate Dean for Research.

Introduction: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Gail Sparks
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

October 20 – “Collecting Fine Arts”


Speaker – Marodeen (Walter) Ebrahimzadeh, owner of Artist Trait Fine Art Gallery and Square I Gallery

In this visual presentation, Mr. Ebrahimzadeh will talk about collecting fine arts, how to maintain their values, and when to sell or donate them. Mr. Ebrahimzadeh established Artist Trait Fine Art Gallery in 1979 and its sister company, Square I Gallery, in 2006, both located on Harvard Avenue in Claremont. Artist Trait is for art services and Square I is for collectable arts.  The businesses allow art enthusiasts and collectors to browse the selection of fine art by prominent artists, as well as to seek well-crafted art services. Artist Trait Fine Art Gallery represents fine artists and provides elite handcrafted framing, art consultation and restorations, and other various art services to clients across the world. Mr. Ebrahimzadeh was born in Abadan, Iran, and studied fine arts and interior design at the University of Tehran. He moved to the U.S. in 1978 and attended California State University in Fullerton, majoring in fine arts and printmaking.

Introduction: Bob Smith
Fellowship: Marie Ross
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

October 27 – “An Integrative Medicine Perspective”


Speaker – Dr. Yen Ingrid Lai, Founder of Renovi Center for Integrative Medicine

Dr. Yen Ingid Lai will discuss how genes, stress, environment, and habits affect health risks and well-being. Dr. Lai graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a degree in Neurobiology, earned her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, did her residency in Family Medicine at San Bernardino County Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and completed a Fellowship in Obstetrics/Women’s-Health at USC. She treats her patients with an integrative approach, combining conventional medicine with other established evidence-based approaches. For the past 15 years, she has enjoyed training future family medicine physicians through her faculty affiliation with UCLA and UC Irvine. She is dual board-certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Lai’s experience with conventional medicine has been enhanced with additional training in medical acupuncture and functional medicine.  She was in the first group to be certified as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner.

Introduction: Fred Gattas
Fellowship: Michael Fay
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

Birthdays: Mary Caenepeel

Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344 Bsartist@netscape.com