Akinwuntan named Associate Dean

Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Graduate Studies; and Director of the Driving Simulation Laboratory at Georgia Regents University, has been named Associate Dean for Research in the College of Allied Health Sciences. He has served as Interim Associate Dean since October 2012.

“Under Dr. Akinwuntan’s energetic leadership, our college has seen remarkable growth in research productivity, value, support, and financial sustainability,” said Dr. Andrew Balas, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences. “I am delighted to support the review committee’s unanimous decision to make his position permanent.”

Akinwuntan’s primary research interest is rehabilitation outcomes after neurological impairment. He has received numerous grants to investigate the use of driving simulation and virtual technologies to evaluate and improve function in patients with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, and other neurological disorders. In 2013, he was named a U.S. Fulbright Foreign Scholar to the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He is a mentor for student research projects focused in neurophysiology and neurology.

“Under Dr.Akinwuntan’s continued guidance, our college will further align with the institution’s research mission and goals by fostering research growth, external funding, recruitment of high quality research faculty, and comprehensive support for faculty development,” Balas said.

Akinwuntan received doctoral and master’s degrees in neuromotor rehabilitation from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) in Belgium, a master’s degree in public health from Georgia Regents University, and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Lagos.

The GRU College of Allied Health Sciences offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and certificates in 11 health science professions including dental hygiene, clinical laboratory science, health management and informatics, medical illustration, nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, radiation therapy, and respiratory therapy.