William Hildebrand, Ph.D., works with other OU researchers to discover and test which tumor mutations will make the best vaccine targets for each melanoma patient. 

Melanoma’s Achilles Heel

We get vaccinated to keep from getting sick. Now, new research shows vaccines may prove powerful in the fight against cancer too. The vaccines, in this instance, are personalized for each patient, designed to generate a powerful immune response against unique mutations in his or her own melanoma tumor cells. Figuring out which mutations to target fell to a team of researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, headed by William Hildebrand, Ph.D., a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center and George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the OU College of Medicine. To read the entire article, click here.

Red Cross Launches Powerful New App with Everything You Need to Know in an Emergency

The new, all-inclusive Emergency App from the American Red Cross provides people with instant access to emergency alerts, life-saving information, and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for smart phones and tablets. 

The Emergency App is a single ‘go-to’ source for everything from home fires to hurricanes. It includes content from a group of award-winning Red Cross apps with additional information about what to do in case of 14 different types of emergencies and disasters. Users can customize more than 35 emergency alerts based on their location and where loved ones live. To read the entire article, click here.

2015 Child Abuse Prevention Award Winners Announced

The Family Support and Prevention Service (FSPS) at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), with the assistance of an interagency selection committee, recognized outstanding child abuse prevention efforts in Oklahoma at the Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Blue Room. The OSDH/FSPS, along with members from the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee, honors people and organizations that demonstrate significant and outstanding commitment and dedication to child abuse prevention activities. To read the entire article, click here.

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April 2015

Dr. Mary Zoe Baker Named Master Teacher Award Winner

Mary Zoe Baker, M.D., was recognized by her peers and students through the OU College of Medicine at an awards dinner April 8th at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Baker was honored with the 2015 Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award. This annual award was established in 1983 through an endowment made by Oklahoma City businessman Stanton L. Young and is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Medicine. The award comes with a $15,000 stipend – one of the largest in the nation for medical teaching excellence. To read the entire article, click here.

Saddle up: Family hosts fifth annual steer wrestling event to benefit medical research

In his prime, a seasoned cowboy like Floyd Cross only needed some guts and about three seconds to wrestle a steer to the ground.

But to wrestle a far greater beast into submission, it took considerably more time and bravery. Cross battled recurring bouts of liver and colon cancer for 12 years before ultimately winning the fight.

In celebration of Cross’ victories against cancer, cowboys from across the country will gather on May 3 for the fifth annual Cross Family Steer Wrestling Jackpot and Raffle in Kingfisher, Okla. The event will benefit research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. To read the entire article, click here.

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