The McCasland Foundation has made a $425,000 gift to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The grant will support expansion of OMRF’s Aging and Metabolism Research Program and completes a $5.2 million campaign to fund this initiative.
“The McCasland Foundation has shown an extraordinary commitment to medical research at OMRF for more than 25 years,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “This gift funds critical work in a field that will add life to the years of Oklahomans and people everywhere.”
OMRF’s Aging and Metabolism Research Program is home to more than 75 scientific staff members who study diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and age-related loss of muscle and vision. The expansion of the program included the creation of a new laboratory suite, purchase of state-of-the-art research equipment, and start-up funding for the labs of three new principal scientists at OMRF.
“Diseases of aging impact all of us, whether in our own health or that of someone we love,” said Barbara Braught, executive director of the McCasland Foundation and OMRF board member for more than 20 years. “OMRF is recognized as a national leader in the field and we are thrilled to continue our support of their life-changing research.”
Established in 1950 by Mack Energy Co. founder T.H. McCasland, the Duncan, Oklahoma-based McCasland Foundation has given more than $2 million to support medical research at OMRF.
Additional support for the expansion of the Aging and Metabolism Research Program was provided by:
- Elizabeth and Greg Allen
- The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Trust
- The Gaylord Family Foundation
- Virginia and John Groendyke
- The Hardesty Family Foundation
- The Masonic Charity Foundation
- The Presbyterian Health Foundation