OU Health Sciences Center earns record high in grantsPublished: Monday, August 31, 2020 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center earned a record high $190 million in federal and state awards during state fiscal year 2020, a milestone that advances research and other strategies to improve health and well-being among Oklahomans.
The total includes $86.3 million from the National Institutes of Health, considered the gold standard in research funding. The OU Health Sciences Center brings the most NIH funding to Oklahoma through its national centers of excellence, and the total for fiscal year 2020 represents growth of 40% over the previous year. That growth is a testament to the innovative work taking place across all seven colleges on campus, said Vice President for Research James Tomasek.
“Research is a primary mission of the OU Health Sciences Center, with the aim of advancing knowledge and improving the health of the state,” Tomasek said. “As the academic and research partner of OU Medicine, the state’s comprehensive health care system, a critical component of our strategic plan is to make research discoveries that lead to new methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease.”
Two of the OU Health Sciences Center’s key research areas, cancer and neuroscience/vision, saw a significant increase in grants in fiscal year 2020. The National Cancer Institute awarded $16.1 million, a 26% from the previous fiscal year, and the National Eye Institute awarded $10.9 million, a 62% increase, to the OU Health Sciences Center.
Those grants are used for projects ranging from laboratory science to clinical trials, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes at Stephenson Cancer Center and Dean McGee Eye Institute.
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