Welcome to Georgia Pollens

Making a difference through Clinical Research

Our Mission

• Bring cutting edge medical research in respiratory health to Albany and rural South Georgia.

• Offer people who suffer with poorly controlled respiratory conditions innovative therapies for asthma and other respiratory and allergic disorders.

 Synopsis of Clinical Trials  Clinical Research Agreement

Research Director

Jonnie Owens RN, BS Research Director


Born in Albany, Georgia. Widowed, 3 children. Education includes 1974 Beta Club Graduate, with Honors, Albany High School, 1974-1976 Associate Degree in Nursing, Albany Junior College and 1983-1988 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with Honors, Albany State University. Enjoys scrapbooking and Facebook.


Nursing competencies include acute and chronic care, private practice, public health, long-term care, EKGs, and PFTs.

Administrative skills include planning, creating (area specific) job descriptions, competency skills, and nursing procedures and evaluation of staff performance.

Work History

2005-present: Clinical Research Coordinator, Georgia Pollens Clinical Research Centers, Inc. Responsible for implementation of clinical trials, ensuring compliance with Federal regulations and guidelines, under the direction of the principal investigator.

2001-2006 - Clinical Instructor, Darton College Providing clinical instruction and supervision of potential RN students on the medical/surgery floor.

1999-2005 - Director of Nursing, Lee County Healthcare Staffing, supervision, and evaluation of patient care in a 60-bed, long-term care, skilled nursing facility.

1998-1999 - Coordinator, Community Health Services of Sumter Regional Hospital Coordination and facilitation of the perinatal case management and pregnancy related services program.

1996-1998 - Clinic Nurse Manager, Phoebe Family care Center, Phoebe Putney Planning, staffing, organizing, and evaluation of patient care in accordance with hospital and JCAHO standards and objectives. In addition, responsible for human, fiscal, and material resource management; strategic planning and continuous quality improvement activities.

1992-1996 - Senior Staff Nurse, Lee County Health Department Providing services in the Child Health, Adult health, and Women’s Health Programs, including obtaining specimens (blood, urine, sputum, cervical/vaginal, penile secretions, etc.), performing appropriate measurements (height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, etc.); perform complete health assessment and appropriate tests (pregnancy, hemoglobin, vision, hearing, etc.); follow-up of high-risk infants in the county.

1987-1992 - Senior Staff Nurse, Adult Health Programs, District Health Office Provide direct skilled nursing services to clients in the Hypertension and Diabetes Control Programs, including obtaining pertinent medical data through in-depth interview, assessment of physical status, nutritional intake, and lab test results. Provide education and counseling on diet and medications including drug interactions, side effects, etc. Assist with any county audits of Hypertension and Diabetes Programs.

1985-1987 - Study Coordinator, Richard E. Brownstein MD Coordinating clinical trials on marketed/un-marketed gastrointestinal medications; providing direct office nursing to patients in a gastrointestinal practice.