Feb. 21, 2017
Move over, chemotherapy. A K-State student hopes a new method she is developing — which uses what she has dubbed "tiny superheroes" — may treat bone cancer faster than chemotherapy. It also could partner with MRI scanning to diagnose cancer more effectively.
Tuyen Nguyen, doctoral student in chemistry from Vietnam, said these "tiny superheroes" are nanoparticles, which are a million times smaller than a tennis ball, that she has synthesized to sniff out villainous cancer and attack bone tumors head-on. Additionally, the nanoparticles light up cancer in MRIs to streamline diagnosis.
Research targeting cancer and more to be presented by K-State students at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
Feb. 10, 2017
Johnson Cancer Research Center awardees Kathlyn Gomendoza and Vaithish Velazhahan are among five undergraduate researchers from Kansas State University who will present their research at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the first-floor rotunda at the State Capitol in Topeka. The students are sponsored by the university's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.
The event, which is free and open to the public, showcases the research being conducted by students at the state's four-year institutions. Approximately 40 undergraduate student projects will present their work.
Nov. 16, 2016
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State has selected 47 students to participate in its undergraduate research mentoring and award program.
The center's Cancer Research Award program promotes student participation in laboratory research. It encourages undergraduate students to consider careers in cancer research and medicine early on while they are still deciding what academic and professional paths to take.
Nov. 4, 2016
Stephen Keith Chapes has been named the interim director of the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. Chapes will replace Rob Denell, university distinguished professor of biology, who is retiring after directing the center for 13 years.
Chapes, who is a professor in the university's Division of Biology specializing in immunology, innate immunity, macrophage biology and gravitational and space immunology, has served as the center's associate director since 2003.
Oct. 18, 2016
A human papillomavirus expert involved in developing HPV diagnostic tests and vaccines will speak at Kansas State University as part of the Johnson Cancer Research Center's George S. Bascom Memorial Lecture Series on Current Issues in Clinical Medicine.
Michael Hagensee will present "HPV vaccination: from laboratory to...bedside?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theatre. The talk is free and the public is invited.
Sept. 22, 2016
"Modern Family" actor Eric Stonestreet, an alumnus of Kansas State University, has donated $50,000 to the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center to support a promising research project.
"Cancer research is near and dear to my heart because, like so many others, it's touched my life," said Stonestreet, referring to his mother's and other family members' battles with the disease.
Stonestreet's gift will immediately advance collaborative research being done by two chemistry professors to develop a technology to detect cancers at their earliest stages, when they are more likely to be curable.
Sept. 15, 2016
Show your pride in K-State cancer research with a Fighting for a Cure shirt, and wear it to the home football game or anywhere Oct. 8 for the third annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Day.
Join Wildcat football's first lady Sharon Snyder and the Snyder family, Emmy Award-winning actor and Kansas State University alumnus Eric Stonestreet, Kansas State University Director of Bands Frank Tracz and many others in celebrating the university's fight against cancer and honoring its cancer survivors and researchers.
The K-State Fighting for a Cure Day celebration will include a halftime tribute by the Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band and a tailgate party in Cat Town, for which reservations are required.
Sept. 9, 2016
K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center is now accepting applications for its fall semester awards.
August 26, 2016
Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and cancer at the seventh annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.
The event, sponsored by the Johnson Cancer Research Center and Komen Kansas, is free and includes a presentation, lunch, educational materials and door prizes. Advance registration is required by Friday, Oct. 14.
August 24, 2016
Don't just be tee'd off at cancer. Tee up to fight it.
Golfers can help Kansas State University fight cancer at the 19th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Oct. 7. Proceeds will support the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
The tournament honors Rob Regier, a 1988 graduate of Kansas State University in pre-dentistry who died of cancer at age 26. It is hosted by his parents, Les and Sandy Regier, and his brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Juli Regier, all of Overland Park. The Regiers have raised more than $270,000 for the university’s cancer research and education programs.
July 25, 2016
A cancerous storm is among the nine artistic images in a new exhibition of work by regional scientists on display in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Eye of the Storm" was captured by Annelise Nguyen, diagnostic medicine/pathobiology, through a confocal microscope, and shows where cell-to-cell communication proteins occur in human breast cancer tissue.
Tenth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo, dinner support Kansas State University cancer research
July 5, 2016
Are you tough enough to wear pink? The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association's 10th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo will be at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Wells Arena in Manhattan's CiCo Park. The event honors cancer survivors and raises awareness and funds for Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
June 22, 2016
The fruit fly may help us be less clueless about human muscle development and Parkinson's disease.
Erika Geisbrecht, Kansas State University associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, is studying the fruit fly, or Drosophila melanogaster, to understand a gene called clueless, or clu. Geisbrecht and her research team have found a connection between clu and genes that cause Parkinson's disease.
Johnson Cancer Research Center provides more than $742,000 for K-State research and training programs
June 16, 2016
Cancer research at K-State has gotten a large boost from the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center through the help of private donors.
"Saving lives through cancer research is expensive," said Rob Denell, Johnson Cancer Research Center director and university distinguished professor of biology. "And unlike cancer treatment providers who can charge fees to cover their costs, researchers are constantly competing for funds to support their work, which leads to such treatments."
With the funds that are raised through private donations, the cancer research center provides Kansas State University faculty and students hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in competitive awards to support innovative cancer research, equipment purchases, mentoring of student researchers and more.
June 13, 2016
Raelene Wouda's passion for improving cancer treatment starts with our four-legged friends. Wouda, Kansas State University assistant professor of clinical sciences, is conducting clinical trials to treat cancers in dogs, cats and other companion animals.
When pet owners bring their dogs, cats, horses and other animals to the College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Health Center for treatment, Wouda and the Oncology Service can offer groundbreaking new treatments often at a lower cost to pet owners.
May 26, 2016
Live disco and decorated bras were the highlight of the Pink and Purple Polyester Party April 22, but the real purpose of the event was to support cancer research at Kansas State University.
The party, which was presented by CivicPlus, raised $8,300 for the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center
"We are very grateful to the P4 Committee for their hard work on this party, which is so fun you almost forget it's a fundraiser," said Marcia Locke, communications and outreach coordinator for the Johnson Cancer Research Center. "And we thank all the sponsors and attendees whose financial support has a big impact on our cancer research and education programs."
Inaugural Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight raises more than $1,000 for Kansas State University cancer research
May 19, 2016
Nearly 100 participants took part in the inaugural Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight on May 7 in Manhattan, a fundraiser for Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center. The 5K race and 1.5-mile fun walk was presented by Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative organized by K-State Research and Extension.
The event raised $1,025 for the cancer research center. Race participants ranged in age from 11 to 78 years old and traveled as far as 260 miles to the event. Race results and photos are available on the cancer research center's website, cancer.k-state.edu/newsevents/WalkKansas5K.html.
May 9, 2016, from Butler County Times-Gazette
The Flossie E. West Trust of Augusta has given a gift of $59,500 to support cancer research at the Johnson Cancer Research Center of Kansas State University.
Dr. Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is using the funds in her research to find improved ways to treat breast cancer. She and another K-State professor have patented a method that improves cell communications, improving the passage of chemotherapy drugs from one cell to the next. This would decrease drug dosage levels and make cancer cells less resistant to drugs.
Pond scum and the gene pool: One critical gene in green algae responsible for multicellular evolution, understanding of cancer origin
May 5, 2016
K-State biologists are skimming pond scum for clues of multicellular evolution and the possible origin of cancer.
Brad Olson, assistant professor in the Division of Biology, and an international team of researchers found a single gene is responsible for the evolution of multicellular organisms. The study is published in a recent issue of Nature Communications.
Olson and others were looking for what caused single-celled organisms to evolve into multicellular organisms when they discovered the importance of a single gene, retinoblastoma, or RB. They found that RB, known for being defective in cancer patients, is a critical gene necessary for multicellular life.
April 28, 2016
Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative organized by K-State Research and Extension, will hold its inaugural Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk Saturday, May 7, and donate all proceeds to the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. The event is open to everyone, not just Walk Kansas participants.
The event will start at the Johnson Cancer Research Center, which is in Chalmers Hall on the university's Manhattan campus, 1711 Claflin Road. The timed 5K will start at 10 a.m. and the fun walk will start shortly afterward. Check-in will be from 8:30 to 9:45.
April 26, 2016 (K-State Collegian)
Two K-State professors’ research has shown that moderate exercise can increase the effectiveness of cancer treatments.
One of the professors, Brad Behnke, associate professor of exercise physiology, said the main focus of his research is how exercise can increase oxygenation to a tumor to permanently alter its environment.
“We’re taking advantage of the body itself and the systems in the body,” Behnke said. “Basically personalizing different types of exercise prescriptions to try to manipulate the cardiovascular system.”
Moderate exercise can be described as a slow jog or a fast walk, Behnke said. His research could indicate that this type of physical activity can provide oxygen to the tumor, increasing the effectiveness of radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
David Poole, collaborator and professor of exercise physiology, said tumors maintain low oxygen pressures that oscillate.
A real Peter Rabbit tale: Kansas State University biologists find key to myxoma virus/rabbit coevolution
April 5, 2016
A naturally-occurring mutation in a rabbit-specific virus — related to the smallpox virus —weakens the virus and may give insight to understanding pathogen evolution, according to a Kansas State University study.
"Our findings may help scientists predict which viruses can pose threats to humans," said Stefan Rothenburg, assistant professor in the Division of Biology and principal investigator for the study. "It is a big step toward understanding the molecular basis of host-virus interaction."
Kansas State University part of $317 million research partnership initiative with Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Department of Defense and others
April 5, 2016
A multidisciplinary team from Kansas State University will be part of a public-private partnership seeking technological revolutions in fibers and textiles that will have a significant impact on national defense, human health and safety.
The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Institute's Fabric Innovation Network is receiving $75 million in funding from the Department of Defense and more than $240 million in matching contributions to advance the design and manufacture of technologically-enhanced fabrics.
March 30, 2016 (K-State Collegian)
A renewed push by the Obama administration to develop vaccines for many specific forms of cancer is bringing private sector researchers and federal facilitation and investing together. In the same vein of President John F. Kennedy’s mission to fly to the moon, President Barack Obama, during his final State of the Union address in January, called on Vice President Joe Biden to lead the National Cancer Moonshot initiative.
The K-State Johnson Cancer Research Center’s research is conducted by faculty and student researchers in nearly 100 laboratories in 17 departments, according to the “Research” page of the center’s website. Marcia Locke, communications and outreach coordinator at the center, said she was excited to hear about the initiative.
March 28, 2016
Kansans are about to go a big step further in their efforts to be healthier, including fighting cancer. The first-ever Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Manhattan. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University.
The Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight is a new component of the annual Walk Kansas program, an eight-week statewide fitness challenge designed to get Kansans moving and on the path to a healthier lifestyle, said Sharolyn Jackson, Walk Kansas coordinator with K-State Research and Extension. Registration is separate for the May 7 event, which includes the choice of a timed 5K run/walk or a 1.5-mile fun walk. Register online at Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight.
Fifth annual disco party, new bra crawl event to support Kansas State University cancer research in April
Mar. 22, 2016
Dig out your polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes and disco for a cure at the fifth annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party, presented by CivicPlus, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the K-State Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Ave. The party benefits Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center
Entertainment will include a live performance by Kansas City band Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs, as well as the Off the Hook bra art contest between local businesses. The party will also offer a fun photo station and heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and cash bar catered by Bockers II Catering.
Mar. 4, 2016
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 37 undergraduate students to participate in its research mentoring and award program.
The center's undergraduate Cancer Research Award program promotes early participation in laboratory research, encouraging students to consider careers in cancer research and medicine while they're still deciding what academic and professional paths to take.
Feb. 23, 2016
Jooyoun Kim, assistant professor in apparel, textiles, and interior design, has received the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award from 3M's Research and Development Community and 3Mgives. The competitive award recognizes outstanding new faculty nominated by 3M researchers and selected based on their research, experience and academic leadership. The award provides $15,000 per year for up to three years for general support of Kim's research.
Kim studies advanced nonwovens and functional fibers for health applications like cancer drug delivery and cell regeneration.
Nov. 24, 2015
A Kansas State University research team has created a cell line that can be used in studies aimed at understanding obesity and other diseases in humans, a discovery that has caught the attention of a Canadian company that markets innovative work in the life sciences.
Stephen Chapes, professor of biology, said he and Dr. Tonatiuh Melgarejo, associate professor of human nutrition, and team have studied a protein that regulates body weight, called the leptin receptor, and its impact on large white blood cells called macrophages.
"Macrophages are located throughout your body, protecting you from infection," Chapes said. "Macrophages are important in obesity because if you become obese, your immune function is disrupted."
Obesity is associated with an increased incidence of stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.
Oct. 2, 2015
Dr. Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, grain science and industry and biological and agricultural engineering, demonstrated her patented PepGel, a biomaterial with special properties, at the annual Smithsonian Innovation Festival in Washington, D.C. Dr. T. Annelise Nguyen, toxicology, also attended, and shared applications of the groundbreaking biomaterial, such as using it to grow cells for cancer research.
Oct. 1, 2015
The veterinary oncologists from K-State, University of Missouri and the Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center are combining efforts to offer a program on clinical oncology and clinical trial opportunities in the Greater Kansas City region. The presentation will provide one hour of approved CE credit.
Sept. 15, 2015
Golfers can tee up to help Kansas State University fight cancer at the 18th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Oct. 16. Proceeds will support the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
$1.85M NIH grant funds project to study virus interaction with the immune system and identify poxvirus threats
Sept. 9, 2015
The National Institutes of Health are funding a Kansas State University research project that is looking at viruses that have the potential to be the next smallpox as well as an effective weapon against cancer.
Stefan Rothenburg, assistant professor of biology, was recently awarded more than $1.85 million in funding from the NIH for the project "Importance of Species-Specific Interactions of PKR with Poxvirus Inhibitors for Virus Replication and Host Range."
Sept. 3, 2015
Show your pride in K-State's fight against cancer during the 2nd annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Shirt Day Oct. 17.
First lady of Wildcat football Sharon Snyder and the Snyder family, K-State President and first lady Kirk and Noel Schulz, several radio and sports media personalities, and many others will unite in wearing the shirt to the home football game and elsewhere Oct. 17 in celebration of the university family's cancer survivors and researchers as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Aug. 27, 2015
Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and cancer at the sixth annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.
The event, sponsored by Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center, is free and includes a presentation, lunch, a souvenir bag, educational materials and door prizes. It is supported by a grant from Komen Kansas.
Aug. 19, 2015
Don't just be tee'd off at cancer — tee up to fight it. Golfers can help Kansas State University fight cancer at the 18th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Oct. 16. Proceeds will support the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
The four-person scramble will be at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, with registration opening at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and prize disbursements will take place in Colbert's restaurant immediately following the tournament.
Preregistration is requested by Friday, Sept. 19, but late and same-day registration will be accepted.
July 1, 2015
The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association wants you to be tough enough to wear pink. The association's ninth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo will be Friday, July 24, to honor cancer survivors and raise awareness and funds for Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
A benefit spaghetti dinner is also planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St., Manhattan.
June 15, 2015
A U.S. patent has been awarded to a Kansas State University technology that quickly detects the early stages of cancer before physical symptoms ever appear.
Stefan H. Bossmann, professor of chemistry; Deryl L. Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology; and Matthew Basel, postdoctoral fellow in anatomy and physiology, developed a nanoplatform technology to detect human cancer cells and tumors in the beginning stages.
"Early detection of cancer increases the chances of successful therapy," Troyer said. "This is because in most cases treatment can be initiated before metastases occur. Early detection also is advantageous because therapies that do not have devastating side effects are more likely to be successful."