Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OHRP Vital to Biomedical Research Initiative

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OHRP Vital to Biomedical Research Initiative

Article excerpt

In the past, I have used this column to comment on the extraordinary impact of the Oklahoma Health Research Program (OHRP) administered through the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). Over and over, it has been stressed that the modest investment the state of Oklahoma makes in this program yields great rewards by retaining our young scientists and leveraging their research funds. Today I would like to focus of the broader implications of the program: how OHRP/OCAST provides Oklahoma with a winning edge as we recruit young scientists to our state.

When a position becomes available at one of our state's biomedical research facilities, three components to the "package" are used to recruit biomedical scientists to our state: space, salary line, and "start up commitment." This process is the same at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the OMRF and the University of Tulsa. The space and salary line are not relevant to this discussion, since they represent individual issues within the above organizations. Thus, the successful recruitment of a scientist generally hinges on the capacity for the institution to provide a package of start-up funds for technical support, laboratory supplies and equipment, students, and other research- related costs for the first two to four years of the young investigator's stay in Oklahoma. At this point, the OHRP/OCAST funds are vital to our recruitment of talented scientists to our state.

During the course of the visits, the recruit is interviewed by our best young investigators who say, in so many words: "because of funds provided through the Oklahoma Health Research Program, you could receive an additional $45,000 a year for three years to support your research." Because senior biomedical scientists in Oklahoma have tended not to apply for these grants, they are primarily made available to the younger scientists we recruit. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.