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May 26, 2011

$15K Holman Foundation gift aids OSU Morgellons Disease research

The Charles E. Holman Foundation has donated $15,000 to the OSU Foundation in continued support of research on Morgellons Disease at OSU Center for Health Sciences. Holman was a strong advocate for support of research and treatment for the disease.  He was not a patient with Morgellons, but was active in an effort to help his wife, Cindy Casey-Holman, R.N., who has Morgellons Disease. 

Casey-Holman, and Holman’s mother, Mary Ann Holman, presented the actual gift to OSU-CHS and faculty members Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D., and Rhonda L. Casey, D.O. at the Charles Holman Foundation’s annual scientific and medical conference on Morgellons in Austin, Tex. The gift was commemorated in a presentation on the OSU-CHS campus May 23.

Wymore is an associate professor of pharmacology and principal investigator for the OSU Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease. He was a speaker at the annual conference.  He said the foundation support would ultimately be part of a Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match.  When the Holman Foundation has donated $50,000, the Pickens two for one match will contribute $100,000.  This total of $150,000 is for future stipend support for OSU-CHS graduate students interested in researching any aspect of Morgellons Disease.

Detrich AMSA director

OSU COM third-year student Jane Detrich of Tulsa is the 2011-12 Regional Director for Region IX for the American Medical Student Association.

AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent association of future physicians. As regional director, Detrich is responsible for overseeing and collaborating with AMSA chapters in region nine (Oklahoma and Texas). She also will help plan regional forums.

OLLI summer offerings

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at OSU offers college-level courses for ages 50 and older.  Tulsa summer classes and presenters are:

Approach Organizing in a New Way! Unclutter Your Life, Beth Colmar; The Immune System: An Owner’s Manual, David Hurewitz, M.D. and Gerald Miller, Ph.D.

Forecasting Oklahoma Weather, Dick Faurot KOTV meteorologist; Tricks of the Professional Chef, Jonathan Haring and Enjoying Wine, Larry Bartley.

For more information call 1-800-765-8933, visit OLLI on the web, or contact Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D.

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