Harold Hamm Foundation
makes $34 million gift to OU diabetes center

Winter 2019

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Recently retired OU Board of Regents Chairman Clay Bennett (right) thanks Harold Hamm for his $34 million gift to the university’s cutting-edge diabetes center during halftime of the OU-OSU football game.

Recently retired OU Board of Regents Chairman Clay Bennett (right) thanks Harold Hamm for his $34 million gift to the university’s cutting-edge diabetes center during halftime of the OU-OSU football game.

The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at OU Medicine received its largest gift to date with a 10-year, $34 million commitment from the Harold Hamm Foundation.

The newest pledge to the University of Oklahoma Foundation continues Hamm’s longtime support of the diabetes center, or HHDC, which already includes more than $30 million in gifts since 2007. Today, the HHDC is considered one of the nation’s most comprehensive centers, featuring an intense focus on multidisciplinary research, patient care and diabetes prevention.

Hamm’s gift will fund research, recruit talent and provide for new technologies. “I believe that breakthroughs in diabetes will occur in the lab and we want to foster an environment where the best and brightest are exploring all pathways to a cure at the HHDC,” said Hamm, who is chairman and CEO of Continental Resources Inc., one of the largest publicly owned oil and gas exploration and production companies in the United States.

“We are very grateful to Harold for his continued support of research toward a cure for a disease that affects so many Oklahomans,” said OU President Jim Gallogly. “This gift is important in our goal of doubling research at OU, and it will directly impact hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans and people around the world.”

Among work supported will be research determining the feasibility of new and “novel” concepts that typically are not eligible for traditional diabetes funding. The gift also will allow the HHDC to hire additional diabetes faculty and researchers, develop new research programs and support HHDC facilities.

“A major gift like this enables the center to recruit world-class diabetes researchers whose work improves the quality of life of the diabetic patient and reduces the financial burden of diabetes care,” said Dr. Jay Ma, director of research programs at the HHDC. “It enhances the center’s reputation of leadership, allowing us to attract more excellent diabetes experts into Oklahoma and benefit Oklahomans.”

The HHDC was created by the OU Board of Regents with the support of the Oklahoma State Legislature and is charged with providing statewide leadership in diabetes treatment, research, prevention, information, education and awareness. The HHDC has operations on OU’s Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses and provides access to the latest developments in diabetes care and management through clinical trials.

The HHDC also is home to the $250,000 biennial Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes, which recognizes innovation in the field of diabetes research with an emphasis on progress toward a cure.