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FOR RELEASE: July 31, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Arthritis Scientist and Researcher to Speak August 7 in Oklahoma City

Two well-known authorities on the subject of arthritis and the most current research in Oklahoma on arthritis will speak at the Thursday, August 7, meeting of the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN). The OAN will meet at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. Presentations will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 314 and are open to the public.

Paul DeAngelis, Ph.D., will speak on “Arthritis, OCAST and Hyalose”. DeAngelis is associate professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His research has pursued glycobiology, the study of carbohydrates in life processes.

Presenting “Biomedical Research in Oklahoma” and its economic impact will be Steve Biggers, director of the Research and Development Division of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). The division is responsible for administering more than $100 million in research and development projects to universities, industry, non-profit researchers and research organizations. These funds were used to attract an additional $300 million in research and development funding to Oklahoma. OCAST is a collaborative partner within the OAN.

The mission of the OAN is to increase public awareness about arthritis and related conditions. “More than 936,000 people in Oklahoma suffer from arthritis and over 100 related conditions. To help these people take a more active part in their arthritis care, health departments and the OAN work with local health partners on community projects, including self-help courses,” said OAN Chairperson Norma Goff.

Goff said the OAN attempts to maximize the quality of life for Oklahomans with arthritis and related health conditions through developing resources, promoting access to health care and offering public health education presentations. Currently, there are about 100 public and private health-related organizations in the OAN.

For more information about arthritis, and to learn more about upcoming speakers, presentations and activities available through the OAN, call Marisa New at 405/271-9444, ext. 56410.

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