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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

OSU Medical Center transferred to state trust to enhance mission

OSU Medical Center

The Oklahoma State University Medical Center, the teaching hospital for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been formally transferred from a City of Tulsa trust to a state of Oklahoma trust, called OSU Medical Trust. The transfer was part of an agreement with state lawmakers during the 2013 legislative session to provide $13 million in funding for the medical center.

As part of the agreement, ownership of the OSU Medical Center building transfers from the OSU Medical Center Trust to the OSU Medical Authority, a state agency that is affiliated with the OSU Medical Trust. The Tulsa City Council voted to relinquish the city's beneficiary interest in the medical center in October. The transaction, effective Dec. 6, 2013, was also approved by Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Members of the OSUMA board are appointed by the Governor, Senate President Pro Tempore and Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives or hold positions at OSU-CHS, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority or OSU Medical Center.

Cancer Sucks donates $20K to support OSU-CHS research efforts


Cancer Sucks, Inc. recently awarded $20,000 to OSU-CHS to support ongoing liver and uterine cancer research led by Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology.

The goal of Kaul's research is to understand how hepatitis C virus in the liver leads to the development of cancer. According to the American Liver Foundation, about 21,000 Americans are diagnosed with primary liver cancer each year, which is one of the few cancers on the rise in the United States.

For the past nine years, Cancer Sucks has made a donation annually to support Kaul's research. With the latest donation, Cancer Sucks has provided more than $127,000 to OSU-CHS.

Read more about Kaul’s research in the winter 2013 edition of STATE magazine.

OSU-CHS to feature Harry Potter exhibit on Renaissance science, medicine

Illustration of an alchemy workshop, Courtesy National Library of Medicine
Illustration of an alchemy workshop (Courtesy National Library of Medicine)

The OSU-CHS Medical Library will host the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Founders Hall from Jan. 13 through Feb. 22.

Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy. The traveling exhibit explores Harry Potter’s world and the history of science, including the works of 15th- and 16th-century thinkers.

The exhibition was developed and produced by the United States National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. To learn more, visit the NIH website.