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Breaking New Ground in Health

TSET works to promote new scientific discoveries and give Oklahomans access to cutting-edge cancer treatments by funding three major research programs:

Stephenson Cancer Center

The mission of TSET's grant to the Stephenson Cancer Center is to decrease the burden of cancer by promoting, coordinating and supporting innovative cancer research. TSET's partnership began with a five-year, $30 million grant in 2011, and continued in 2015 with a $20 million renewal for an additional 5 years. These grants support the TSET Phase I Clinical Trials Program, recruit scientists to Oklahoma, award research grants to Oklahoma scientists, and leverages funds to advance behavioral and cessation research in Oklahoma. 

Thanks in part to TSET funding, the Stephenson Cancer Center was awarded NCI Designation in 2018. With this award, the Stephenson Cancer Center joins an elite group of 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide. NCI-Designated Cancer Centers represent only the top two percent of cancer centers in the United States. The Stephenson Cancer Center is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC)

The mission of the Oklahoma Tobacco Researcher Center is to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in Oklahoma through research that informs interventions and policies with a particular emphasis on addressing tobacco-related health disparities.

The Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR)

Established in 2010 with TSET funding, OCASCR promotes research in the emerging field of adult stem cell research by awarding research grants to scientists in Oklahoma, recruiting researchers to the state and conducting public education. OCASCR’s goal is to establish Oklahoma's excellence in one of the fastest-growing areas of medical research and serve as a trusted resource for public information.