So, 2020. Not quite the 366 days any of us were expecting, huh? But we all found a way to muddle through. And the scientists, physicians and staff of OMRF were no different. For most employees, the emergence of Covid-19 in March brought a months-long shutdown of onsite activities. Throughout the spring, only a handful […]
The calls and emails came almost immediately. Within days of publishing a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about a novel compound that could reverse vision loss in premature infants and adults with diabetes, Dr. Courtney Griffin’s inbox and voicemail began to fill. The messages came from Michigan, Washington and Texas, […]
When Dr. Matlock Jeffries began his first day of work at OMRF in August, it may have been the smoothest transition in the foundation’s history. That Monday morning, he entered the same lab where he’d been studying osteoarthritis for the previous four years. Only now, he’d be doing it as a member of OMRF’s scientific […]
Dr. Stephen Prescott joins the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Will Rogers. Ralph Ellison. Woody Guthrie. Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher. Sequoyah. Now, add Dr. Stephen Prescott to the list of Oklahomans who have received the state’s highest honor. In November, OMRF’s president was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. The Hall saluted Prescott for his […]
2020 had many downsides. But for Dr. Benjamin Miller, a year devoid of social engagements and work-related travel brought an unexpected gift: more time on his bike. A former elite amateur cyclist, Miller gets up before dawn most mornings to ride. He estimates he spends 10 to 15 hours cycling in a typical week, which […]
The road from laboratory discoveries to drugs to treat patients might more accurately be described as a treacherous mountain path. Many experiments that appear promising in a Petri dish don’t work in mice. And compounds that are safe and effective in rodents won’t necessarily prove out in people. The U.S. drug industry’s trade organization, the […]
First a physician, Dr. Lijun Xia has become a research star As a young physician in China, Dr. Lijun Xia treated people with life-threatening blood diseases. But few medications existed to help the people he cared for, and over time, the hematologist grew frustrated. “I wanted to do better for my patients, to give them […]
Most of us know someone, or are someone, who has heart disease. It causes more deaths in the U.S. than cancer, taking 600,000 lives each year and millions more worldwide. One of the most common forms of heart disease is aortic stenosis. It occurs when the main valve of the heart — the aortic valve […]
You simply couldn’t find a scientist who was studying Covid-19 in 2019. Which makes sense, because it wasn’t until the final day of that year that China reported its first cluster of cases to the World Health Organization. In the months that followed, countless researchers pivoted to tackle the novel coronavirus that had emerged as […]
OMRF is named Oklahoma’s best place to work—again.
“Dr. McEver used his knowledge to make life better for people who suffer from sickle cell disease.” Mary Long
Republican and Democratic legislators unite to announce a pair of major federal grants to OMRF.
A quiet life yields an unexpected bounty for medical research.
A brain chemical that rewards behavior may also contribute to the deadly, memory-robbing illness.
“I hope that researchers can take what they learn from me and help somebody else.” Jamie Mangelinkx
A longtime friend throws a birthday fundraiser for cancer research at OMRF.
An OMRF researcher returns to her roots. With a twist.
Forty-nine years here, and I’ve never worked anywhere else. I’m the luckiest son of a gun in the world.
I always tell my son, “To me, the iPad and iPhone are science fiction.”
I just try to fit the song with what’s going on. I’ve been singing since I was real little.
Creative thoughts don’t bloom from restrictive guidelines.
We try to make our visitors feel at home… even if it means taking them home.