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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:
- The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Cancer Research Program (OTCRP)
- The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC)
- The Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR)
Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Cancer Research Program (OTCRP)
The mission of the OTCRP is to decrease the burden of cancer by promoting, coordinating and supporting innovative cancer research. It was established in 2011 and funded with a five-year, $30 million grant. The grant was renewed in 2015 for $20 million over the next 5 years. The OTCRP supports TSET Phase I Clinical Trials Program at the Stephenson Cancer Center, recruits scientists to Oklahoma, awards research grants to Oklahoma scientists, and leverages funds to advance behavioral and cessation research in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC)
Created in 2008 with TSET funding, OTRC funds behavioral and biomedical research in cancer and tobacco-related diseases. These investments move the Stephenson Cancer Center closer to earning a “comprehensive cancer center” designation from the National Cancer Institute, opening the door to significant external resources to support cancer research.
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.