$101 million raised by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Saturday, December 11th 2004, 4:20 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Research into breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's disease and other human afflictions will benefit from nearly $101 million raised by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, officials said.

More than 40,000 individuals and organizations contributed to the foundation's ``For the Future of Medical Research'' campaign that began in November 1999.

``To reach and exceed the $100 million mark is a remarkable testament to the generosity of the people of Oklahoma, who have contributed the lion's share to this campaign,'' foundation President Dr. J. Donald Capra said Friday.

Because of money raised through gifts and pledges during the past five years, the medical research foundation has, among other things, built the $15 million Donald W. Reynolds Center for Genetic Research; built the foundation's new small-animal magnetic resonance imaging center for research; renovated more than a dozen existing research laboratories and increased faculty from 38 to 46 principal investigators.

The 58-year-old OMRF is a private, nonprofit biomedical research institute.