The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received a $13.8
million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the
toxin that causes anthrax. This award is the largest in OMRF's 58-
year history and the second-largest NIH grant in state history.
With this grant, which will pay $2.76 million a year through
2009, nine scientists will explore natural immune responses to the
infectious agent that causes anthrax. Officials from OMRF said the
ultimate goal of these studies is to help develop more effective
vaccines, diagnostic tools and treatments for those infected with
the potentially lethal pathogen.
With this grant, OMRF President J. Donald Capra will coordinate
various projects that include examining the body's production of
antibodies in response to anthrax infection; examining why the
body's natural defense mechanisms fail to neutralize or inhibit the
toxin that causes inhalation anthrax; developing treatments that
prevent the spores from attacking cells in the body; investigating
the use of activated protein C to treat anthrax; and studying ways
to make vaccines for anthrax safer.
Capra said all forms of anthrax used in this project would be
strains that are not harmful to humans.
Rose State receives gift
The Rose State College Foundation recently received an anonymous
$10,000 gift to boost the college's dental hygiene program.
The funds were donated in memory of Jan Burnham, director of the
RSC dental hygiene program from 1971-1976, and are designated for
equipment upgrades and special needs of the program. Donations
ensure the program keeps abreast of leading-edge technology to
prepare students for employment.
This is the second gift to the program in memory of Burnham. The
first provided $500 awards for two graduating dental hygiene
students each spring.
Diabetes seminar offered
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's diabetes
center will sponsor a seminar featuring internationally recognized
diabetes experts on Friday and Saturday at the Cox Convention
Timothy J. Lyons, Warren professor of diabetes and chief of the
Section of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the OU College of Medicine,
will lead Diabetes Update 2004. This update will focus on prevention
and management of the complications of diabetes and is designed for
healt care professionals and researchers concerned with the care of
people with diabetes. …