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Lee Berk, DrPH
Associate Professor, Allied Health Studies
School of Allied Health Professions
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Assoc Res Prof, Pathology and Human Anatomy
School of Medicine
Member, Physical Therapy, SAHP, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Presentations    Research Presentations -- International
  • 1.      Petrofsky, JS., Berk, L., Bains, G., Prowse, M.,Lohman, E.   Pilot Study Comparing Heat Wrap Therapy to a Counterirritant Cream and Patch to Assess Deep Tissue Heat Penetration   German Pain Congress  Berlin 2009 ( 7/2009 - 6/2010 )
  • Berk, L, Prowse, M., Petrofsky JS., Batt , J, Laymon, M, Bains , G., Daher, N., Tan, S., Berk, D.  Laughercise: Health Benefits Similar of Exercise Lowers Cholesterol and Systolic Blood Pressure.  Association of Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA. May 2009 ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )
  • Mirthful laughter, as adjunct therapy in diabetic care, increases HDL cholesterol and attenuates inflammatory cytokines and hs-CRP   Lee S. Berk, DrPH, Stanley Tan, MD, Linda Tan, MD, Dottie Berk, RN Presented at the FASEB 2009 (Experimental Biology 2009), American Physiological Society Section,  April 20-25, 2009, New Orleans, LA ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )
  Research Presentations -- National
  • American Association for Therapeutic Humor, Presentation Title: Laughter Science Pioneer: Up Close and Personal, Las Vegas, NV, April 2-5, 2009.  Keynote presentation  (not previously documented into faculty report) ( 7/2009 - 6/2010 )
  • Invitied Keynote Speaker ASSOCIATION FOR APPLIED AND THERAPEUTIC HUMOR,  The AATH 23rd Annual Conference Biology of Hope/Healing Power of the Human Spirit A Tribute to Norman Cousins April 22 - 25, 2010 Disney''''s Paradise Pier Hotel Anaheim, California   ( 7/2009 - 6/2010 )
  • Berk, L., Prowse, M., Bains, G., Batt, J., Petrofsky, J., Daher, N., Danner, H., Ludeman, L., Lahman, M., Tan, S., and Berk, D. (2010) Humor-associated laughter affects appetite hormones. 2010 Experimental Biology meeting abstracts, Abstract #996.1; http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/gca?SEARCHID=1&VOLUME=24&ISSUE=1_MeetingAbstracts&FIRSTINDEX=0&hits=20&RESULTFORMAT=&gca=24%2F1_MeetingAbstracts%2F996.1&sendit=Get+All+Checked+Abstract%28s%29. Accessed April 27, 2010. A "hot pick" presentation of the American Physiological Society; http://www.the-aps.org/press/releases/10/12.htm. ( 7/2009 - 6/2010 )
  • THE EFFECT OF PERCEIVED STRESS AND RELIGIOSITY AS A MODULATOR OF HS-CRP, A RISK FACTOR FOR CVD Bruce Nelson1, Sally Fontamillas Shaw1, Lee S. Berk 2,3, Michelle Prowse2, Dana King4   1Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Schools of 2Allied Health Professions & 3Medicine, Loma Linda University, 4Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC     Presented at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Spiriruality, Theology and Health. Duke University, Durham, NC. June 25-27, 2009. ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )
  • THE EFFECT OF PERCEIVED STRESS AND RELIGIOSITY AS A MODULATOR OF HS-CRP, A RISK FACTOR FOR CVD     Sally F. Shaw, DrPH, Bruce Nelson, MA, Community Services, Glendale Adventist  Medical Center, Glendale, CA, Lee S. Berk, DrPH, Physical Therapy and Pathology, Michelle A. Prowse, MS, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, Dana E. King, MD, Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.  Presented at the American Psychosomatic Medicine Meetings, Chicago, IL, March 4-7, 2009 ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )
  • Charasuraisin, C, Berk, L, Petrofsky, JS, Montgomery, S., Shavlik, D., Hubbard,   R (2008) Can a Single High-Fat Meal Impair Endothelial and Autonomic Function?, #2008-LB-4930-Diabetes.   Presented at the American Diabetes Association Meeting, June, 2008, San Francisco, CA ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )
  • Nelson, B., Berk, L., Shaw, S., Fujimoto, E.. "A population-based cardiovascular screening model using risk assessment surveys followed by blood assessment of an inflammatory mediator, hs-CRP blood among high risk individuals.." American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting at . Vancouver, BC, March 2005 ( 7/2005 - 6/2006 )
  • Bruce Nelson, MA, Sally Shaw, DrPH, Lee S Berk, DrPH, Joseph Bornheimer, MD, Lee Allen, RN, James Westengard, BS, Ed Fujimoto, DrPH.. "A Health Care Delivery System Adopts a Public Health Model Linking Large-Scale Cardiovascular Health Screening and Hs-CRP Blood Assessment.." Annual AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION . Philadelphia, PA -- Nov. 2005 ( 7/2005 - 6/2006 ) Link...
  • L.S. Berk, DrPH, MPH, Stanley Tan, MD, PhD, and James Westengard, BS . "Beta-Endorphin and HGH Increase are Associated with both the Anticipation and the Experience of Mirthful Laughter.." Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) XXXVI International Congress of Physiological Sciences/Experimental Biology 2006 . San Francisco, CA. April 1 - 4, 2006 ( 7/2005 - 6/2006 ) Link...
  • Tan, LG, Chang, DS, Berk, LS, Tan, SA. . "Effects of pravastatin and eprosartan on inflammatory cytokines interferon-gamma, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, and C-reactive protein in diabetic subjects with coronary artery disease. ." 6th International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease, Oct 29-Nov 1, 2005. Istanbul, Turkey ( 7/2005 - 6/2006 ) Link...
  • Tan, LG, Berk, LS, Tan, SA. . "Rosuvastatin and rosiglitazone combination attenuate interferon- gamma, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, macrophage chemotactic protein-1, C-reactive protein, and increase interleukin-4, which may provide cardioprotection for diabetic patients with atherosclerosis.." Proceedings of XIV ISA Satellite Symposium on Novel Insights in Atherothrombosis. Milan, Italy, June 16-17, 2006 ( 7/2005 - 6/2006 ) Link...
  • Tan, LG, Berk, LS, Chang, DS, Lukman, ST, Tan, SA. . "Atorvastatin and candesartan effects on interferon-gamma, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, and C-reactive protein in diabetics with atherosclerosis. ." 14th International Symposium on Atherosclerosis . Rome, June 18-22, 2006 ( 7/2005 - 6/2006 ) Link...
  • Tan, SA., Berk, L., Tan, L.. "Norepinephrine differential hypophyseal processing of proopiomelanocortin ." Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)/XXXV International Congress of Physiological Sciences/Experimental Biology . Oakcrest Health Research Institute (San Diego, CA) ( 4/2005 ) Link...
  Poster Presentation
  • Cortisol and Catecholamines decrease are associated with the behavior of perceptual anticipation of a mirthful laughter humor experience. Berk LS, Tan SA, Berk DE           Presentation at FASEB 2008 Meetings, April 2008, San Diego, CA ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )
  • Mirthful Laughter, as Adjunct Therapy in Diabetic Care, Attenuates Catecholamines, Inflammatory Cytokines, C - reactive protein, and Myocardial Infarction Occurrence. Berk, LS, Tan, LG, and Tan, SA       Presentation at FASEB 2008 Meetings, April 2008, San Diego, CA ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )
  • Perceived Stress, Early Parental Care and Religiosity- Modulators for Cardiovascular Disease Risk           Lee S. Berk 2,3, Bruce Nelson1, Sally Fontamillas Shaw1, Michelle Prowse2, Dana King4     1Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Schools of 2Allied Health Professions & 3Medicine, Loma Linda University, 4Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC         Presented at the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA, May 22-25, 2009.     ( 0/2008 - 0/2009 )