OCAST awards $3.6M for research projects
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology awarded more than $3.6 million for 29 health research projects that will take up to three years to complete.
The Health Research initiative is the first program put in place by the state’s science agency when it began operations 26 years ago. The agency plays an important role in the state’s long-term economic diversification effort.
Winners were selected from a field of 147 applications with projects ranging from a new anti-colon cancer strategy to finding new treatments for retinal disorders. Diabetic nephropathy, infestation and dispersal of bed bugs, genomics, understanding health issues for the aged and lipid metabolism on insulin resistance in the heart were other studies receiving funds.
Research funded under the program investigates the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases.
Applicants likely will also attract private and federal research dollars to Oklahoma. Improved health, high-wage and high-skill jobs are expected to come from this investment.