Dr. J. Donald Capra has signed a four-year contract to remain president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Capra joined the OMRF in 1997 after 23 years at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is a former member of the foundation's scientific advisory committee.
"Together with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the next few years will be devoted to expanding our outstanding programs in fundamental genetics," said Capra. "This will require that we pull together in all levels -- private and public, state and federal, urban and rural. For Oklahoma to remain competitive in the biomedical revolution, we simply must do this."
Capra has headed several initiatives to expand the OMRF. Two years ago, Capra initiated the "For the Future of Medical Research Campaign" to raise $100 million in capital and endowment funds. It has since raised nearly $70 million. Current construction on the foundation's Donald W. Reynolds Center for Genetic Research will add 13,000 square feet of laboratory and research space. Capra also intends to expand the OMRF's scientific faculty by 50 percent, adding 20 principal investigators.
Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree has been elected to the American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs. The neonatologist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has represented the Oklahoma State Medical Association as its AMA delegate since 1992.
U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., has nominated Edmond insurance agent Boyd Barclay for a new, 15-member task force to improve health care delivery for our nation's veterans. President George W. Bush created the task force on Memorial Day. Barclay's experience includes military service and involvement in veterans' affairs.
PPO Oklahoma has gained 20,000 new members through coverage agreements with Hertz and all three OU campuses. This raises the managed care provider's coverage to 270,000 lives in the Sooner State.
Rules to work by
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has added to its list of adopted rules available for downloading at its Web site, www. …