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Johnson Cancer Research Center

Bold New Vision to Impact Cancer

Three-quarters of federal cancer research dollars are allocated to NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. Seven of those are Basic Laboratory Cancer Centers, which focus on laboratory research and do not treat patients. Building on initiatives put forth by our advisory council, we are implementing a strategic plan to become a National Cancer Institute-Designated Basic Laboratory Cancer Center. The plan has two major initiatives.

We are forming Centers of Excellence that bring together K-State scientists of different backgrounds to focus as teams on major problems in cancer research. We need to increase both our number of cancer scientists and the impact of their research. 

Following Rob Denell’s retirement, we are also searching for a new director. The next director must be a visionary leader with exemplary qualifications to guide us toward NCI designation. 

Funding a director of this caliber requires financial resources beyond what is currently available. We’re looking to our alumni and friends to help endow a director’s position, thus making it possible to recruit a world-class leader in cancer research.

We are continually impressed by the generosity of our friends and we hope that you'll make a donation to support this endeavor. Your gift, regardless of size, will help K-State advance to the next level in cancer research.