OMRF receives $1.1 million to continue study of rare immune condition  

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation $1.1 million to expand on an existing study into sarcoidosis, a rare immune disease that predominantly affects African Americans. In 2012, OMRF scientist Courtney Montgomery, Ph.D., received a five-year, $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research sarcoidosis. With this additional funding, her research team will be able to conduct additional genetic testing to better understand the roots of the disease, which led to the deaths of actor-comedian Bernie Mac and NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman Reggie White. To read the entire article, click here.


Most of the time, a simple bandage can heal a wound, but one Oklahoma woman discovered it would take a lot more to heal the wound on her foot, a problem concealed by the absence of pain. It is an all too common story in the world of diabetes care and one that could lead to amputation if ignored. The experts at the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma know it well. With proper awareness and foot care, though, limbs and lives can be saved. To read the entire article, click here.

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September 2015

Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast

This year's annual Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast was held Sept. 24th at the new Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center, 741 N. Phillips Avenue. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation presented the event. More than 500 people attended the breakfast this year. 

From the Chamber - It was an honor to have you on campus in the 50th anniversary year of the Oklahoma Health Center. We hope you were inspired by hearing how Oklahoma Health Center members are making strides in bioscience, patient care and medical education in Oklahoma City.

Below is a link to a preview video, celebrating the Oklahoma Health Center. Please share with friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about the Foundation and its members.


Therapy Before Cancer Treatment May Boost Outcomes 

Most of us have heard of rehabilitation following surgery or a hospital stay, but what about pre-habilitation? It’s still physical therapy, but with a twist in timing. Specialists at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have seen the difference it can make; and Sam De La Rosa of Yukon has too. He will tell you pre-habilitation has been the secret to his success as he works to beat cancer and live life to its fullest. Click here to read the entire article.

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