Rapp Foundation gives $400,000 to OMRF for new researchersPublished: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
The Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a four-year, $400,000 grant.
The grant will help two new scientists establish laboratories at OMRF. In their labs, they will study the cellular processes that lead to cancer, as well as diseases of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
“Our family is pleased to play a small role in the important work underway in OMRF’s cancer research laboratories,” Jilene Boghetich, managing trustee of the Rapp Foundation, wrote in a prepared statement. “Cancer seems to strike almost every family in some way, and our goal is to help OMRF’s scientists discover new methods to detect and treat the disease.”
Founded in 1951, the Rapp Foundation distributes money to a wide variety of charitable projects throughout the U.S.
The money will help support the recruitment of a pair of new scientists, Wan Hee Yoon and Jiang Li.
Yoon joins OMRF from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and his research uses fruit flies to understand the processes of cellular decline that lead to diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Li also studies the basic cellular mechanisms underlying cancer and neurodegeneration. He comes to OMRF from Northwestern University in Chicago.