The new Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Health Sciences University will host community programs and conduct research on public health problems like type 2 diabetes, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, obesity and AIDS.
Augusta’s mayor thinks his region’s economy relies too heavily on government installations like Fort Gordon and the Savannah River Site. Mayor Deke Copenhaver wants to change that with a regional collaboration center focused on the technology, energy and health sectors.
College campuses around the state have been on edge for months and [Thursday], state university system officials released their list of state colleges and universities they plan to consolidate to save money. Campuses could lose faculty and staff and students could be forced to pick up their books and study in new, farther off locations. The state Board of Regents has the final say over the proposed merger list.
Georgia’s only public medical school reported this week that a record number of students applied to the Augusta campus this year, while new numbers showed Georgia’s doctor shortage is not improving. Still, a popular medical school could eventually mean more doctors in the state.
Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta is expanding its teaching in southeast Georgia. Starting next year, 20 third- and fourth- year medical students will be able to live in the region and finish their educations at hospitals in Savannah, Statesboro, Brunswick and Waycross. The move is aimed addressing a shortage of health care professionals in Georgia.
Officials with Georgia Health Sciences University say they are laying off about 150 people. The Augusta Chronicle reports that about 100 of those will be in its clinical system, Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and Physicians Practice Group.
A researcher at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta is studying how green tea can help treat conditions ranging from dry mouth to cancer. The GHSU cell biologist has published papers on the healing properties of green tea in dozens of scholarly journals.
Georgia’s birth rate is continuing to drop, mirroring a national trend and reflecting the still-sagging economy. Early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Georgia’s rate fell 5 percent last year, slightly faster than the nation’s 3 percent drop. The national birth rate peaked in 2007 and has been falling since.
The president of Georgia Health Sciences University says Augusta needs to up its “cool factor” in order to attract young talented researchers to the city and the university. He says doing that could take years and will require better communication between city officials and residents.