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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 Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC)

The mission of the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC; formerly the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center [OTRC]) is to reduce the burden of disease in Oklahoma by addressing modifiable health risk factors such as tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and risky alcohol and other substance use through research, novel intervention development, and dissemination of research findings. The HPRC contains four major resources that facilitate research and are led by HPRC faculty: Mobile Health Shared Resource, Tobacco Treatment Research Program, Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program, and Tobacco Regulatory Science Clinical Laboratory.

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.