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Improving health and health care across the lifespan through research, education, and service.

The GPI works to support the community through innovative research with the goal of better understanding and preventing some of our state and nation’s top killers – like cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Our research on mechanisms related to disease has helped transition observational studies into clinical trials with a direct impact on patient care. These studies have the potential of changing patient care in high risk populations.  Our research focuses on hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lung disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, diet, inflammation, alcohol intake, music, stress reduction and early life stress to name a few. These changes have increased our total funding to $100 million since our inception. Our continued growth and development will allow us to continue serving the community in disease prevention and treatment.

The Georgia Prevention Institute offers a variety of opportunities for members of our community and the surrounding area to partner with us in research.  Our clinical research studies, all of which are compensated, take place at our facility at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.  These studies offer the opportunity to impact the health and lives of our generation and those to come.  If you are interested in learning more about the research studies available at the GPI, follow the Ongoing Clinical Research tile where you can learn about active studies and how you can become involved!


GPI History

Dr. Gaston Kapuku and Team

GPI Faculty

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GPI Faculty  
Heart research

Inside the GPI

Inside the GPI 

Inside the GPI

Clinical Research

Ongoing clinical research

Clinical Research
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vidaRPM: Pregnancy & Postpartum monitoring

To positively impact women’s health during pregnancy and up to 1 year postpartum

vidaRPM: Pregnancy & Postpartum monitoring

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GPI News

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Age 40 is when busy Americans get the least sleep

A graph of how long Americans sleep forms a U-shaped pattern across our lives.

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Dong named director of the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia

Dr. Yanbin Dong, a geneticist and cardiologist who joined the Georgia Prevention Institute 20 years ago, has been tapped to lead the institute.


What’s happening at Augusta University? Week of Sept. 20-26

Story ideas this week at Augusta University include a grant to study the consumption of cocoa at the Medical College of Georgia, a spotlight on National Hispanic and Heritage Month and the MCG Foundation's new community summit to push for positive change in Augusta.

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Can cocoa consumption help us age better?

Dr. Yanbin Dong just received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to perform detailed analysis of inflammatory factors and genetic changes associated with aging to see if cocoa consumption reduces health problems.