OU Medicine’s Stephenson Cancer Center received a 20 million dollar gift to expand research efforts and renovate laboratory space.
The gift comes from the Stephenson Family Foundation and longtime university supporters Peggy and Charles Stephenson, the center’s namesakes.
The new funds will enable recruitment of new, world-class scientists, the creation of five new endowed chairs in cancer research, laboratory renovations and new research technology.
The gift also makes the Stephenson Cancer Center more competitive as it pursues comprehensive status, a rating from the National Cancer Institute that recognizes exceptional depth and breadth of research.
In 2018, Stephenson was named the only national cancer institute-designated cancer center in Oklahoma. The director of the Stephenson Cancer Center says one in three women and one in two men in Oklahoma will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives.