Stephenson Cancer Center Earns Prestigious National Cancer Institute DesignationPublished: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Source: Stephenson Cancer Center
National, state and local leaders joined the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma today to celebrate the center’s designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center. With this award, the Stephenson Cancer Center joins an elite group of 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide.
“I am proud to stand with the Stephenson Cancer Center today as they announce NCI designation,” said NCI Director Dr. Norman E. Sharpless. “Designated cancer centers are recognized for their cutting-edge science and strong commitment to exceptional care of patients with cancer. They are at the core of the nation’s cancer research effort.”
NCI-Designated Cancer Centers represent only the top 2 percent of cancer centers in the United States. The Stephenson Cancer Center is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in Oklahoma.
With more than 100 investigators working in the basic, clinical and population sciences, the Stephenson Cancer Center is Oklahoma’s leading cancer research organization. Nearly 90 percent of NCI-sponsored research funding that comes to Oklahoma is awarded to Stephenson investigators.
“Achieving this prestigious designation has been a top priority for the university for more than 15 years,” said OU President David L. Boren. “It highlights the Stephenson Cancer Center’s leading place among the top cancer centers in the nation, and it ensures that our citizens will have access to the highest standard of cancer care, right here in Oklahoma.”