Chickasaw Nation gift funds cancer lab, researchers at OMRF

A grant from the Chickasaw Nation allowed the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to renovate a laboratory and attract new researchers to work on cancer therapies.
From staff reports Published: April 27, 2014

A grant from the Chickasaw Nation will fund a new lab and researchers into cancer therapeutics at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

The Chickasaw Nation Laboratory for Cancer Research was dedicated Thursday in a ceremony at OMRF.

“We are investing in this research laboratory because we strongly believe the innovative work being done by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation will make a meaningful difference in the fight against this devastating disease,” Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a statement. “We are confident we will see a great return on our investment in the form of cancer treatment strategies that will make a positive impact for decades to come.”

At the request of the Chickasaw Nation, the amount of the gift was not released by OMRF.

The lab will be home to a group of cancer researchers who were recently recruited from a Utah cancer institute. One of the researchers, David Jones, said part of the research includes cellular signaling and molecular medicine, two growth areas in cancer research. It also includes cancer xenografts, which allows researchers to grow a patient’s tumor in a mouse to test experimental therapies for breast and colon cancers.

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We are extremely excited about all the ways in which the Chickasaw Nation and OMRF are collaborating. By working together, we can make an impact in the fight against cancer and other devastating diseases.”

Dr. Stephen Prescott,
OMRF president

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