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Stem cells have been collected from adult human bone marrow and used to save thousands of lives. Until recently, these treatments were largely restricted to blood diseases. However, new studies suggest many other types of adult stem cells can be used for medical treatment. The Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR) was created to promote this exciting branch of medical research.  Funding is provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).

It is impossible to know exactly which diseases will respond to treatments based on new knowledge or when those advances will occur.  However, results of early experiments suggest that many diseases should benefit from this type of research including heart, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as cancer, diabetes and spinal cord injuries. The field is often referred to as “regenerative medicine”, because of the potential to create good cells in place of bad ones.

The principal activities of the OCASCR are:

  • to promote adult stem cell research in Oklahoma
  • to educate the public about adult stem cells.

We are fortunate that many Oklahoma scientists are already working in this area and OCASCR will encourage their studies with funding and information. We work to attract new stem cell scientists to Oklahoma and to attract scientists to stem cell research.  In addition, we will promote public understanding of adult stem cells by providing information via this website and in other ways.

The overall goal is to build Oklahoma excellence in one of the fastest growing and most promising areas of medical research.