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Dr. Balas shares views on new doctoral degree

andrew-balas-2011The College of Allied Health Sciences at Georgia Regents University is now offering a new doctoral degree in applied health sciences – the first program of its kind in the University System of Georgia.

Dr. Andrew Balas, Dean of College of Allied Health Sciences at GRU, shared his views on the benefits of this new program with The Augusta Chronicle. ” Click here to read his article “New GRU doctoral degree will be a boon for allied health professionals.”

GRU to offer new doctoral degree in applied health sciences

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The College of Allied Health Sciences at Georgia Regents University will offer a new doctoral degree in applied health sciences – the first program of its kind in the University System of Georgia.

“Applied health sciences is a vital source of new knowledge for today’s society, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to produce professionals who will be able to discover new solutions to the health care needs of our communities,” said Dr. Andrew Balas, Dean of College of Allied Health Sciences at GRU. “We are pleased to have in place faculty who are ready to lead the research and educational efforts to make this a successful doctoral program known for responding to real problems of practice.”

This three-year, interdisciplinary doctoral program is designed to equip health professionals with the skills to solve health care issues in numerous fields of allied health. Graduates will be clinically oriented and prepared for roles in evidence-based practice or as faculty in allied health fields.

The coursework offers innovative and advanced research training in three concentration areas: rehabilitation science, health care outcomes, and diagnostic sciences.

Application deadline is May 31, 2015. For more information, call GRU’s College of Allied Health Sciences at 706-721-2621 or visit  gru.edu/alliedhealth.


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  http://www.gru.edu

All smiles when kids get dental care

Students from Georgia Regents University’s Colleges of Allied Health Sciences and Dental Medicine provided free dental care to children from a local elementary school as part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day.

Nearly 100 students from Rollins Elementary School and the CSRA EOA Head Start Program received complimentary screenings, fillings, and preventive treatments. Since 2003, the ADA program has allowed members to partner with their communities to provide dental services to underserved children. Volunteering on Friday, Feb. 6, were about 20 Department of Pediatric Dentistry dentists, residents and staff, and senior and junior dental and dental hygiene students.

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Doctor of Physical Therapy School attends Physical Therapy Day at state capital

On January 21, the 2016 class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy School at GRU attended the Physical Therapy Day at the Georgia Capitol.  There were over 300 students and licensed physical therapists from over the state to attend the meeting.

This coordinated grassroots event allowed members and non-members to participate in a full agenda of activities demonstrating the physical therapy profession’s strong presence in Georgia and shining light on current issues affecting the practice of physical therapy.

As an assignment, the students were to meet with legislators in the House of Representatives or Senate and then write an advocacy letter to their home legislator regarding several key issues pertaining to physical therapy practice in the state of Georgia.

Balas selected National Library of Medicine presenter

College of Allied Health Sciences Dean Andrew  Balas has been selected to present at the National Library of Medicine’s  week-long, residential course in biomedical informatics, slated April  12-18 in  Young Harris, Ga.

andrew-balas-2011The purpose of the course is to familiarize  individuals with the application of, and policies related to, computer  technologies and information science in biomedicine and health care.

The National Library of Medicine, on the  campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., is the  world’s  largest biomedical library. It also supports and conducts research,  development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information  technology. In addition, it coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of  Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health  information  in communities across the U.S.

CAHS Dean’s Research Seminar Series to feature Biomedical Informatics

The College of Allied Health Sciences’ Dean’s Research Seminar Series is pleased to present Dr. William Stead, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Strategy Officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Thursday, Feb. 12, at noon in the Health Sciences Building, room 1222 on the Health Sciences campus.

Dr. Stead will share his experience and expertise on “Biomedical Informatics: Closing the Loop Between Personalized Care and Discovery.”

For more information, call Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan at 706-721-7629.

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GReport features exceptional students from the College of Allied Health Sciences

In honor of National Allied Health Professionals Week, every day from Nov. 3-9, the GReport will feature exceptional students from the College of Allied Health Sciences. Today’s featured students hail from the departments of Medical Illustration and Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Megan Llewellyn

Megan Llewellyn is a senior in the Department of Medical Illustration. A Georgia resident, she earned her bachelor’s degree in art from Kenyon College in Gambler, Ohio, and pursued post-baccalaureate study at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga. As a junior, she received an Award of Merit in the 2014 GRU/UGA Student Scientific & Medical Illustration Exhibition for her illustration about emphysema bullae. “As with all of our students, Megan is very bright and exceptionally talented,” says Bill Andrews, Medical Illustration Program Director.

Kathy Trahan1

Kathy Trahan is a non-traditional student in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program in Atlanta. Throughout her studies, she has made a true difference in clinical situations while being consistently compassionate toward her peers, even paying for a struggling fellow student’s books. “Kathy is a team player who is always eager to learn,” says Mimi Owen, NMT Program Director. “Even during a very difficult family situation, her academic performance has been exceptional.”

Exceptional students recognized during National Allied Health Professions Week

The first week of November is National Allied Health Professions Week. From Nov. 3 to Nov. 9, Georgia Regents University will recognize exceptional students from each of the College of Allied Health’s 11 departments.

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Angela Zaki is the current Student Forum Chair for the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science -Georgia chapter. Scientifically oriented and driven by a need to excel, she was the 2014 recipient of the Hamid Shaikh Chemistry Award and has extensive prior research experience at the American University of Beirut. She is the co-author of research publications on the topics of thymoquinone (featured in “Drug Discovery Today”) and copper chelation (featured in “BioMed Central Cancer”). Her most recent endeavor involves working on the implications of leptin’s effect on Toll-like receptors in inflammation and atherosclerosis. The faculty of the Clinical Laboratory Science Department see Angela’s future in research and development of diagnostics assays or in higher education.

Christi Snider

Christi Snider is a full-time senior health management and informatics student. Recognized for her achievements with numerous scholarships and awards at the institutional, state, and national levels, she actively serves as a volunteer in multiple HIA activities. She is the current President of the Georgia Health Information Association Student Advisory Council. She is also a member of the National Student Advisory Council for the American Health Information Management Association. In September, she spoke on the topic of student advocacy at the AHIMA National Convention in San Diego and attended congressional meetings in Washington last spring with GHIMA delegates. In her spare time, she regularly volunteers at low-cost care clinics.

Linsey Eubanks

Linsey Eubanks, described by Dental Hygiene faculty as being a “very motivated and dedicated student,” is also one of the most thorough student hygienists at GRU. Throughout her education, she has demonstrated superior qualities and attention to detail both in the classroom and in clinic and has routinely striven to learn more about her patients in order to provide the most exceptional care possible. Linsey’s instructors and colleagues firmly believe that after graduation, she will become just as invaluable to Augusta’s health care community as she has to them in her time at GRU.

GRU celebrates National Allied Health Professions Week Nov. 3-9

Students and faculty in the Georgia Regents University College of Allied Health Sciences will celebrate National Allied Health Professions Week Nov. 3-9.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver will issue a proclamation for the week at his office Monday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. Dean Andrew Balas and students from several of the college’s programs will attend.

Allied health professions greatly influence health care delivery by providing services in the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders. More than five million practitioners – nearly 60 percent of all health care providers – practice in more than 80 unique professions, including health system management, public health, and a variety of rehabilitation services.

“Our students are the allied health care professionals of tomorrow, trained to play ever more essential roles in an increasingly complex health care environment,” said Balas. “Their diverse skills continue to be in high demand as part of vital health care teams.”

By 2020, the demand for health care workers in the United States is expected to grow twice as fast as the national economy, to nearly 20 million.

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

For more information, visit www.gru.edu/alliedhealth/ or call the College of Allied Health Sciences at 706-721-2621.

GRU to host high school students during Nuclear Science Week

Georgia Regents University will introduce local high school students to nuclear technology benefits and career opportunities during GRU Education Day, Tuesday, Oct. 21. The event, now in its second year, is held as part of Nuclear Science Week.

More than 60 sophomores and juniors from Evans High School in Columbia County and Technical Career Magnet School in Richmond County will participate in programs taught by regional nuclear experts and supported by faculty from the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy programs.

“We are delighted to offer this program again,” said Dr. Greg Passmore, GRU Professor of Nuclear Medicine Physics and Technology. “Our inaugural event last year was a great success. It is wonderful to see interest in nuclear technology sparked in such bright students, and we hope to expand the program in years to come.”

Representatives from CB&I AREVA MOX Services, a design and construction contractor of mixed oxide fuel fabrication facilities in Aiken, South Carolina, will present a program on the fundamentals of nuclear fuel and the benefits of nuclear medicine.

Volunteers from the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Education Committee will offer a second program, “Journey to the Center of the Atom,” that will allow students to explore atomic structure in a series of hands-on activities using a new Isotope Discovery Kit. These kits are available year-round to area teachers through the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Traveling Science program at the University of South Carolina, Aiken.

“GRU is providing a wonderful opportunity for high school students to understand the importance of nuclear technology in our everyday lives and to learn more about high-tech career options available locally in the field,” said Mindy Mets, Program Manager for the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization Nuclear Workforce Initiative. “Our region is highly respected for advances made through nuclear medicine, nuclear power, and nuclear research, and we are excited to again partner with GRU to offer this unique and informative event for young people.”

The day will conclude with a panel discussion on career opportunities hosted by GRU faculty and staff and practicing nuclear technology professionals.

Nuclear Science Week is a national weeklong celebration to focus local, regional, and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science, exploring its contributions, innovations, and opportunities. It is a partnership between the host organization; the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and nuclear industry partners, including the SRS Community Reuse Organization; Nuclear Energy Institute; Entergy; the U.S. Department of Energy; the American Nuclear Society; and the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging.

Georgia Regents University is a corporate sponsor of the 2014 Nuclear Science Week.