Fletcher B. Taylor Jr., who has spent more than two decades as a
scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has endowed a
chair at the foundation.
Taylor's gift will establish the Alvin Chang Chair in
Cardiovascular Biology. The chair is named in honor of Taylor's
longtime senior research assistant, who died in May.
In his warm, quiet way, he complemented every aspect of our
laboratory research, Taylor said of Chang, and he passed those
virtues on to the next generation of people in the lab.
Taylor, a physician-scientist, came to OMRF in 1982. He headed
the cardiovascular biology research program for 10 years and remains
a member of OMRF's scientific staff. His pioneering research with
fellow scientist Charles Esmon laid the groundwork for the drug
Xigris, the only FDA-approved treatment for severe sepsis, which
kills 250,000 people each year.
Dr. Taylor is a true groundbreaker, said OMRF President J. Donald
Capra. His work in the laboratory created a lifesaving drug, and
now, as the first scientist to endow a chair at OMRF, his generosity
will help his colleagues continue the battle against deadly
The scientist who holds this new chair will specialize in
cardiovascular research, likely focusing on understanding the
mechanisms that contribute to heart attack, stroke and other
cardiovascular diseases. OMRF has not yet determined who will occupy
the chair, which will be 12th endowed chair at OMRF and the sixth
established since 1998.
OU Medical Center
Roger Saunders has been named director of Neonatal Intensive Care
at the OU Medical Center.
He served in the same position at the Women's Hospital of
Greensboro, N.C., and most recently was the director of clinical
services at Fayetteville Specialty Hospital in Fayetteville, Ark.
Saunders also served Army Community Hospitals. He was stationed at
Fort Jackson, Fort Riley, Fort Benning and in the 540th General
Dispensary in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Saunders received his bachelor's degree in Nursing at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1979. In 1983, he
became a pediatric nurse practitioner at Fitzsimons Army Medical
Center in Aurora, Colo. He received a master's degree in nursing
administration at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in
Rural disaster response
Training scheduled to begin in January will provide front-line
health care workers in 22 rural Oklahoma communities continuing
education in bioterrorism and disaster response.
Money for the training was provided by a $1.5 million grant to
Oklahoma Area Health Education Center at Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences.
Training is aimed at physicians, nurses, health workers, mental
health professionals, paramedical workers, emergency management
technicians and pharmacists, along with veterinarians, morticians
It examines various bioterrorism scenarios such as diseases,
anthrax, explosions, or radiation exposure, addressing both physical
and mental health issues during the first few hours after the event,
said Richard Perry, the grant's principal investigator.
The Oklahoma Statewide Bioterrorist Continuing Education Program
grant is from the Health Resource Services Administration of the
Department of Health and Human Service. …