Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Scientists Honored

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The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation awarded the Edward L. and Thelma Gaylord Prize for Scientific Achievement to Gary Gorbsky.

The award was presented at OMRF's annual honors and awards banquet.

Robert J. Barstead was installed as the G.T. Blankenship Chair in Alzheimer's and Aging Research.

Gorbsky is the 12th scientist in OMRF history to receive the Gaylord Prize, OMRF's highest scientific honor. Established in 1991, the award is named for the late Edward L. Gaylord, who served on OMRF's board for more than 40 years, and his late wife, Thelma.

Gorbsky was honored for his research on mitosis, the process of how cells divide. He recently became the first scientist anywhere to reverse the process of cell division.

Dr. Gorbsky's results provide elegant proof that the cell cycle must be precisely controlled, said Rodger McEver, OMRF's vice president of research. Now he and his lab can work toward developing innovative methods to probe and better understand the complex process of cell division.

The discovery may prove important to controlling the development and metastasis of certain cancers. It also holds promise for the prevention and treatment of birth defects and a wide variety of other conditions. …