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Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Awards 5-Year Grant for OCASCR

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec.17) – The Board of Directors of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) recently approved a five-year, $14.72 million grant to the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR). 

Founded in 2010 with TSET support, OCASCR represents a collaboration between Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Its main aim is to promote studies by Oklahoma scientists who are working with stem cells present in adult tissues.

“It will someday be possible to repair or replace damaged organs such as the retina, heart, pancreas and spinal cord with stem cell technology”, said Paul W. Kincade, Ph.D., OCASCR scientific director. “This grant will allow Oklahoma scientists to work at the leading edge of this exciting new field.”

“Helping support research that could someday lead to life-changing discoveries is an important goal for the TSET Board of Directors,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “Grants like these help Oklahoma research institutions attract and retain talented scientists. That’s good for health and good for Oklahoma.”

For every $1 invested in research by TSET, scientists and institutions are able to attract an additional $3 for research at Oklahoma institutions. TSET also supports medical research conducted by the Stephenson Cancer Center and the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693

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A high-resolution photo of the check presentation is available for download at this link: http://omrf.org/newsgallery/tsetgrant/

About TSET
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to tset.ok.gov.

About OCASCR
OCASCR (www.ocascr.org) was created with funding by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust to build Oklahoma excellence in one of the fastest growing areas of medical research and to serve as a trusted resource for public information. The center opened in April 2010 and has enhanced adult stem cell research by providing grant funding for researchers, encouraging recruitment of scientists and providing education to the people of Oklahoma.