OCAST board approves 30 health research projects for nearly $4.2 million
June 24, 2008
Thirty Oklahoma health research projects were chosen by a peer review team from a total of 135 applicants and have been approved for funding by the OCAST governing board. The top-ranked research applications represent a one year investment by OCAST in excess of $1.4 million with a three year total of more than $4.2 million. OCAST, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, is Oklahoma’s technology-based economic development agency.
One New Scientist Award that will provide up to $100,000 per year for each of three years went to Antonius Oomens of Oklahoma State University. He will investigate human respiratory syncytial virus and research and focus on developing a vaccine.
The purpose of the health research program is to: (1) strengthen the competitiveness of Oklahoma health researchers for national research funds, (2) recruit and retain outstanding health research scientists for the state, (3) improve health care for Oklahomans and (4) strengthen the state’s health care industry. Research funded under the program investigates the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases and disabilities and facilitates the development of innovative health care products and services.
Under OCAST’s New Scientist program, researchers who are new to their institution can compete for special funding that recognizes their willingness to develop research projects in Oklahoma.
The following represent the award winning research projects.
- Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
- Oklahoma State University
- University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Maria de Lurdes V.F. Queimado
- Veterans Research and Education Foundation