Grant Targets Medically Underserved Oklahomans

Sep 23, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin announcing a $20.3 million grant to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in collaboration with Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and other institutions across the state.
Credit University Hospital Authorities and Trust / USTREAM

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded a $20.3 million federal grant to target medically underserved Oklahomans, especially in rural areas.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday the grant will support potentially life-saving research at Oklahoma's medical centers.

“Money from this grant will be used to support basic and clinical research, and will also be used for translational research,” Fallin says.

OU President David Boren also spoke at Monday’s press conference.

“When we talk about translational research it’s often simplified to mean going from the research bench, the research lab, literally to the bedside and being applied to the patient,” Boren says.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health supports a program that builds research capacities in states with historically low levels of NIH funding.

The grant provides $4.3 million in its first year and $4 million in each subsequent year.


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