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Volume 3, Issue 2
  • The GSO News

    Inside this Issue

    GHSU Team TrialNet Battles for a Cure

    The Mutants: GSO Soccer Team

    Graduate Students Fairly Fun Night

    Graduate Students Support SOTAs Fall Ball

    Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lori Bolgla

    Student Spotlight: Erin Scott Deepesh Pandey

    GHSU Students Out to Recruit!

    Its Spooky to be Hungry says the Department of Physiology

    GHSUs First Multi-Disciplinary Adrenal Center

    GHSU Students train in Leader ship

    GHSU Students Help to Deck the Halls of the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta

    Graduate Student Accomplishments

    Community Education Outreach

    GHSU Chorus Healing HeArts




















    GSO Team Trial-Net Battles for aCureColleen Carey

    For the second year in a row graduate students have joined with the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CBGM) in creating a team for the Au-gusta/Aiken Walk to Cure Diabetes, to raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

    The JDRF has for a long time provided a large amount of funding towards the research that is ongoing here at GHSU. In fact, a quick search on the JDRF web-page has shown that since 2004 research at GHSU (MCG) has brought in approx-imately $6,300,000 in funding from the

    JDRF alone. Of this, over $1,500,000 is active funding .

    CBGM houses many internationally re-nowned programs in diabetes research: The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY), the Prospective Assessment in Newborns of Diabetes Auto-immunity (PANDA), Tri-alNet, the Animal Models of Diabetes Complications Consortium (AMDCC) and the Mouse Metabolic Phenotype Consortium (MMPC). It is the CBGM involvement in these studies that last year prompted the development of a Walk to Cure team.

    This years walk, which was held at Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Saturday November 5th, raised over $60,000 for the JDRF with GHSUs team contribut-ing over $6,500. ...to TrialNet, pg. 5

    Crazy Sneakers Zumbathon

    To benefit: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

    Over $1700 raised!

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    Graduate Studentssupport SOTAs Fall Ball Colleen Carey

    A group of Biomedical Sciences students attended the Occupational Therapy Stu-dent Associations Fall Ball earlier this se-mester. This event was fun and included dinner from Outback and dancing with proceeds supporting Camp TBI, a camp for individuals who have suffered from traumatic brain injury. O

    The 2011 Fall season of GHSU Intra-mural Sports witnessed the participa-tion of a group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the annual GHSU Intramural Sports Futsal (indoor soccer) tournament, as they represented the College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO). This is the second time an official GSO

    team has participated in intramural soc-cer. After a subpar performance during the Spring 2011 season, the team entered the tournament with full determination and energy. Under the leadership of cap-tain Anil Bhatta, along with the veter-ans Davies Agyekum, Belal Al Husain and Haroldo Toque , and the addition of skilled legs from Scott Webster, Justin Van Beusecum, Cam McCarthy, Dwight Figuerido and Samuel Quanyor, the Mu-tants had a great season.

    After a slow start to the the regular sea-son, the team finally caught a break and

    was able to take their wins to the finals,

    where they eventually lost. In all, it was a great tournament and most important-ly, a great team effort. The Mutants will be carrying this positive momentum into the Spring semester as they participate in the outdoor soccer tournament to be held in March. The GS wishes the team the best in their next season! O

    The Mutants: GSO Soccer Team

    Graduate Students Fairly Fun Night

    Anil Bhatta

    Katie Spitler

    The graduate students took advan-tage of the October SGA event at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair. It was quite the event full of rides, food and a petting zoo. The unlimited ride arm bands were used to their full advantage with even the timid and acrophobic graduate students going on the high flying and fast

    moving rides. With so many stands of food to choose from it was hard to pick what to have for dinner and even harder to pick what fried food object to eat for dessert. The fried twinkie and fried oreos were highly recommended and quite delicious. All in all it was a nice adventure. O

    Photographed by Namita H

    attangadyProvided by Katie Spitler and N

    amita Hattangady

    Provided by Colleen Carey

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    FACULTY SPOTLIGHTDr. Lori Ann BolglaNamita Hattangady

    Dr. Lori Bolgla is an alumnus of GHSU and an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Graduate Stud-ies. Dr. Bolgla is an Augusta, GA na-tive with a long standing relation-ship with GHSU (formerly MCG). Prior to joining GHSU 1993 for a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Physi-cal Therapy, Dr. Bolgla had attended the University of Georgia at Athens where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration as well as a M.S. in Accounting. After graduating GHSU with a perfect GPA of 4.0, she contin-ued to complete her second Masters degree, this time in Physical Therapy .

    During a brief hiatus from GHSU, Dr. Bolgla earned her Ph.D. in Rehabilita-tion Sciences from the University of Kentucky, only to rejoin in 2005. Dr. Bol-glas area of research interest has been in patellofemoral pain syndrome and reha-bilitation applications of kinesiological surface electromyography. Her research interests developed as a result of her in-quisitions while working as a full-time

    PT clinician. She has been a co-investi-gator for a 4-year multi-site study com-paring outcomes for the use of a quad-riceps-based exercise program to that of a core/hip-based exercise program. She has also conducted studies examining the activation of various trunk, hip, and knee muscles during rehabilitation exercises.

    Dr. Bolgla has a stunning academic and professional record. Since her appoint-ment to the faculty at GHSU, Dr. Bolgla has mentored approximately 30 students for a total of 13 projects in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. She has also served as a manuscript re-viewer for several journals, a website content editor and a grant reviewer for the National Athletic Trainers Associa-tion Research and Education Founda-tion. Dr. Bolgla has many publications, abstracts and book chapters to her name. She has also been honored with awards such as an Excellence in Research award and more recently the 2011 Geor-gia Health Sciences University College of Allied Health Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award. She is also a member of the GHSU chapter of the Alpha Eta honor society and an active member of the board of directors of the College of

    Graduate Studies Alumni Association.

    Dr. Bolgas advice to students is, Find an area of research that you consider a passion. The dissertation project is not meant to be the ultimate research study but rather a stepping stone to a long-term line of research. As a Ph.D. student, I tried to take advantage of all learning opportunities and develop re-lationships with other researchers that can lead to future projects. Dr. Bol-gla is a very approachable person and is willing to be contacted for her ad-vice at [email protected]

    The GSO congratulates Dr. Lori Bolgla for her illustrious career and wishes her the best. O

    Obtained from the G



    STUDENT SPOTLIGHTErin ScottMargaret Zimmerman

    Erin Scott is an MD/PhD student in the Department of Neuroscience at GHSU studying the effects of long-term estro-gen deprivation on the hippocampus. She grew up in Tennessee and Georgia, and graduated with a Biology degree from Georgia Tech in Fall 2006.

    Her work in the IMMAG lab under Dr. Darrell Brann started with a 10-week

    rotation after her first year of medical

    school, and she loved it so much that she has chosen to complete her disserta-tion there. The small lab provided plenty of time for one-on-one interaction both with experienced researchers and with her mentor. Dr. Brann is great, she says, and gives her the perfect balance of guid-ance and autonomy -- he challenges her, but does not have unrealistic expecta-tions. Her research in estrogen depriva-tion effects on the hippocampus includes loss of estrogen neuroprotection, ....to Erin Scott, pg. 4

    Provided by Erin Scott

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    ...from Erin Scott , pg. 3

    hypersensitivity to global cerebral isch-emia, and enhanced Alzheimers dis-ease-related protein induction following experimental stroke in long-term estro-gen-deprived (ovariectomized and aged) rats.

    Erin feels she has accomplished a lot in her year-and-a-half in the College of Graduate Studies. This year, Erin pre-sented posters at the 13th World Con-gress on Menopause and the Society for

    Neurosciences Annual Meeting; she prepared and submitted two grants to the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health; she had a first-author review published regarding

    estrogen neuroprotection and the critical period hypothesis; and she received the award for Best Graduate Student Presen-tation at the annual GHSU Neuroscience Retreat. She was also the Service Chair for MCGs Student Interest Group in Neurology in 2009-2010. Now, she is the Vice-President of The Physician-Scien-tist Student Association, and her group

    at GHSU is in the process of becoming an official chapter of the American Phy-sic

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