GHSU announces opening of public health institute

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, May 15, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Georgia Health Sciences University is creating a new Institute of Public and Preventive health. The idea is to put millions of dollars behind new research to keep you healthy.

University leaders made the announcement at the Kroc Centers just a few doors down from the Splash water complex.

"I love it. I absolutely love it," said Marci Broadway about the water complex. "There are so many things to do."

Broadway conducts her weekly workout walking against the current in the lazy river.

"This is the most non-invasive medicine possible that keeps you wanting to come back and stay fit," Broadway said.

Just down the hall, Georgia Health Sciences University announced the new Institute of Public and Preventive Health.

"We're going to be focusing on improving not just the acute health of Georgians," said Dr. Ricardo Azziz, "but to prevent them from getting sick in the first place."

The school has set aside $8 million for the new institute. It will be comprised of 36 current faculty researchers. The idea is to bring in 30 new researchers over the next five years.

"That's going to mean more jobs," said GHSU President Azziz. "That's going to mean more effort in research."

More than $6 million of the funding comes from the National Institute of Health. That is the second-largest investment in the state, just behind Emory University.

"It is time for us to address the need for us to produce data for improving public health," Azziz said.

The institute will be temporarily housed in the old dental school building.


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