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|Cancer Sucks, Inc. support aids education outreach
Tulsa – Support from Cancer Sucks, Inc. helps the OSU Center for Health Science offer workshops in flow cytometry (FACS) and cancer research for area high school and college students.
Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology, said the support has allowed the purchase a real time polymerase chain reaction machine and an Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System for the research lab.
Cancer Sucks, Inc.’s $10,000 gift in 2009 and a $20,000 donation last year helped to secure matching funds for the $45,200 system, an important tool to identify cancer cell populations. The instruments conduct molecular studies at gene and cellular level to understand cancer development.
“For our immunology lab at OSU-CHS it is especially helpful in conducting studies to understand how the Hepatitis C virus in liver cells leads to development of cancer,” Kaul said.
This spring, nearly 50 undergraduate students from Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow attended a lecture and Flowcytometer demonstrations as part of their immunology or cell biology classes.
The equipment also supported a molecular diagnosis course offered at NSU-Broken Arrow for medical lab technicians currently working in rural Oklahoma labs and hospitals who want to complete a degree in molecular diagnosis or strengthen job skills.
It will support research by OSU medical students and future programs to introduce research technology for disadvantaged middle and high school students.
Rick Horton founded Cancer Sucks, Inc. in memory of his mother, Donna Holland White, who died in 1996. Its purpose is to provide a forum for those who have lost loved ones to cancer while aggressively raising money to find a cure. www.cancersucks.com.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.