Presbyterian Foundation Gives Funds to OU Center

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Grants totaling $749,551 have been awarded to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center by the Presbyterian Health Foundation Board of Trustees. The grants will fund 15 projects under the direction of university faculty.

Grants totaling $150,000 were awarded to complete funding of $1 million for two endowed chairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the OU College of Medicine.

The board also awarded $125,000 for an endowed professorship in cancer research.

A $73,400 grant was approved for the Regional Resource Center for Biomedical and Health Care Ethics under the direction of Dr. Richard A. Wright.

The Center for Emotional Competence Research, under the direction of Dr. Eric Dlugokinski, was awarded $59,935.

College of Medicine investigators are awarded grants that provide limited support for meritorious proposals that are approved but not funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other federal or national peer review granting agencies. These grants are intended to enhance the competitiveness of these projects for national funding.

Investigators awarded grants in this category include Dr.

Thomas L. Kuhls, department of pediatrics; Dr.

Siribhinya Benyajati, department of physiology; and Dr.

Landgrave T. Smith, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Seed grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to assist new faculty to initiate programs and obtain adequate data to compete for further support.

College of medicine faculty receiving seed grants are Dr. Bert A. Mobley, department of physiology; Dr. Robert H. Broyles, department of biochemistry; Dr. Osmond J. D'Cruz, department of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Roderick E. McCallum and Dr. Frank Waxman, department of microbiology; Dr. Mary K. Gumerlock, department of surgery; and Dr. Marie A. Bernard, department of internal medicine. . .

Dr. Charles "Cappy" Leland has been named coordinator of outpatient services and director of the corporate assistance program at Willow View Mental Health System. Leland will oversee all licensed counselors who conduct a private practice with Willow View with services that include individual, family and marriage consultation, crisis intervention, career development, and drug and alcohol counseling.

The corporate assistant program will help companies select and retain employees, motivate and improve individual performance and provide confidential counseling to employees and their families.

Leland was chief executive officer and administrator of Oak Crest Hospital, a 50-bed psychiatric hospital in Shawnee. He holds membership in the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma, the National Council on Family Relations, the American Association for Counseling and Development and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. …