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