Chickasaw Nation Donates to Institute

Oklahoma business briefs for May 22, 2014

Oklahoman Published: May 21, 2014

Chickasaws donate to institute

The Dean McGee Eye Institute announced a major gift Wednesday from the Chickasaw Nation to complete the renovation of its research facilities. The Chickasaws’ gift, together with support from other major donors, will allow the institute and the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology to double the size of a translational vision research center to 7,750 square feet, while providing updated technologies and facilities to more effectively conduct biomedical vision research. “We are exceedingly grateful for the Chickasaw Nation’s history of generous support for the Dean McGee Eye Institute,” said Dr. Gregory Skuta, CEO of the eye institute and chairman of the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. “This most recent gift will enable our scientists to further advance our vision research programs in a world-class facility that addresses such important conditions as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and infectious diseases of the eye.” In recognition of the tribe’s gifts, the institute will rename its third floor the Chickasaw Nation Center for Human Resources and Business and Clinical Support Services.