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Cancer research at Kansas State University gets boost from Emmy-winning alumnus Eric Stonestreet

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.

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K-State Fighting for a Cure Day seeks Wildcat victory on field and against cancer

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.

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Application deadline for faculty and student cancer research awards is Oct. 3

Sept. 9, 2016

K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center is now accepting applications for its fall semester awards.

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Pink power:Johnson Cancer Research Center's breast cancer awareness luncheon Oct. 21

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.

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Regier golf tournament for K-State cancer research Oct. 7

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.

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K-State veterinary researcher's work featured in science as art exhibition

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.

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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.

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Get a clue: Biochemist studies fruit fly to understand Parkinson's disease, muscle wasting

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.

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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.

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A common enemy: Through clinical trials, veterinarian fights cancer in animals, humans

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.

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Pink and Purple Polyester Party raises $8,300 for Kansas State University cancer research

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."

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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.

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Flossie E. West Trust of Augusta funds groundbreaking cancer research at Kansas State University

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.

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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.

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Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and Fun Walk to Support K-State Cancer Research May 7

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.

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Professors’ research shows moderate exercise may help cancer treatments

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.

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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."

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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.

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K-State cancer research shares goal with Biden’s ‘moonshot’ initiative

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.

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A step further: First Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight set for May 7

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.

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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.

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37 undergraduate students selected to join K-State cancer research teams

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.

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K-State cancer researcher in human ecology receives 3M faculty award

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.

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K-State researchers develop cell line to study obesity, other diseases

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.

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Researchers showcase biomaterial invention at Smithsonian Innovation Festival

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.

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Clinical Oncology and Clinical Trial Opportunities in the Greater Kansas City Region

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.

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18th annual golf tournament for Kansas State University cancer research Oct. 16

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.

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 $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."

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Second Annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Shirt Day Oct. 17

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.

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Power of Pink: Johnson Cancer Research Center's breast cancer awareness luncheon Oct. 2

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.

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Regier golf tournament for K-State cancer research Oct. 16

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.

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Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo and dinner to benefit university's Johnson Cancer Research Center

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.

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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.

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Patent awarded to K-State preclinical cancer detection test platform

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."

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Moderate exercise may make cancer treatments more effective

May 4, 2015

Kansas State University kinesiology department research offers encouraging information for cancer patients: A brisk walk or a slow jog on a regular basis may be the key to improved cancer treatments.

Brad Behnke, associate professor of exercise physiology, and collaborators have shown that moderate exercise on a regular basis enhances tumor oxygenation, which may improve treatments in cancer patients. Now Behnke is using a $750,000 American Cancer Society grant to study moderate exercise as a way to make radiation treatments more effective, especially for difficult-to-treat tumors.

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Patented compound kills various human pathogenic fungi, may improve human health

April 29, 2015

A now-patented substance from two K-State researchers may be an all-purpose solution for stopping fungus.

Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, and Duy Hua, university distinguished professor of chemistry, received a U.S. patent for their invention "Sesquiterpenes for Antifungal Applications."

Vediyappan, who researches the microbiology of various bacteria and fungi, and Hua, who specializes in synthetic compounds, developed and identified a simple chemical compound that kills several major fungi that affect human health. The compound also may have applications for fungal diseases that affect wheat and rice plants.

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K-State Alumni Fellow, head of National Cancer Institute laboratory to give talk April 15

April 13, 2015

Kansas State University College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Fellow Robert Kinders, PhD, will give a presentation for the Division of Biology seminar series at 4 p.m. April 15, at 221 Ackert Hall.

Kinders, a member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center advisory council, is head of the Pharmacodynamics assay development laboratory at Frederick National Laboratory, part of the National Cancer Institute. The lab is charged with development and validation of assays to measure the effects, at the molecular level, of new, targeted anticancer agents in first-in-man clinical trials at the institute's Clinical Center.

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Pink and Purple Polyester Party Supports Johnson Cancer Research Center

March 25, 2015 (From College of Arts & Sciences News blog)

Got a favorite fringed macramé vest? A perfect pair of white, patent-leather, platform boots? It’s time to dig them out, because the Pink and Purple Polyester Party is coming to Manhattan this April. The party, in addition to being a fun time, is one of several community fundraisers that supports K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center.

The tradition began in late 2010, when Dave Lewis, K-State’s own football and men’s basketball public address announcer and member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center’s advisory board, threw the first Pink and Purple Polyester Party as a celebration of the life of his late wife Elena.

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Researchers find 'affinity switch' for proteasome assembly process in cells

March 16, 2015

A Kansas State University-led study is helping uncover the intricate workings of how a specific "molecular machine" inside of cells is assembled. Fully understanding this process may present new target sites for drugs and may lead to better treatments for neurological diseases, cancers and other disorders. 

Jeroen Roelofs, assistant professor in the Division of Biology and a research affiliate with the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center, led a study on a specific step in the assembly of proteasomes.

Proteasomes are complexes inside cells that are responsible for the degradation of damaged and unnecessary proteins, which in turn keep the cells healthy.

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Cancer Research Center hosts PBS cancer documentary screening, community resource fair March 28

March 12, 2015

Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center will host a preview screening of the PBS documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the auditorium of the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

The event, which is cosponsored by KTWU, the PBS station in Topeka, will begin with an informational fair featuring local cancer-related agencies and organizations, followed by the one-hour film preview. The public is invited and admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

The documentary, produced by preeminent filmmaker Ken Burns, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

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Boogie down to fight cancer at Pink & Purple Polyester Party April 10

March 10, 2015

Dig out your polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes and boogie down to help Kansas State University fight cancer. The fourth Pink and Purple Polyester Party to benefit the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Houston Street Ballroom, 427 Houston St.

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, silly games and a photo booth. A silent auction will offer a Taste of Manhattan restaurant package, spa package and sports memorabilia.

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China names chemistry professor accredited international expert, cancer research adviser

Feb. 25, 2015

China is honoring K-State cancer researcher Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, and enlisting his expertise through an upcoming research appointment.

This summer, Bossmann, whom China has awarded the title of Highest Honored International Expert, will advise Chinese authorities on methods of early cancer detection.

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Researchers hope patent can pave way to future treatments of heart, lung disease

Dec. 18, 2014

A Kansas State University research team has received a patent for its use of a peptide shown to prevent or reduce damage to intestinal tissue. The team's ongoing work may have far-reaching implications, including new ways to treat tissue damaged during a heart attack or stroke, and even a possible cure for cancer.

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46 undergraduate students selected to join Kansas State University cancer research teams

Dec. 11, 2014

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 46 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.

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Cancer prevalent in pets but treatable, says K-State veterinarian

Dec. 3, 2014

About 50 percent of dogs and 33 percent of cats age 10 years and older will develop cancer. Although it is very prevalent in these animals, a Kansas State University veterinarian says depending upon the type of cancer, it may be very treatable and doesn't have to be a life-limiting disease.

Mary Lynn Higginbotham, assistant professor of oncology in the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, says any breed is at risk of developing cancer. Common types of cancer found in pets are also common in humans: lymphoma, melanoma and osteosarcoma, for example.

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Patent awarded for synthetic compounds with medical applications

Dec. 1, 2014

A patent has been issued for a series of synthetic compounds developed at Kansas State University that have applications for treating cancer and other diseases that affect cell communication.

The compounds, called quinolines, can restart communication between adjacent cells in the body if those communication channels have become closed from a disease.

U.S. Patent 8,809,368, "Compounds Affecting Gap Junction Activity," was recently awarded to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology transfer activities at the university. The patent is for research conducted by Duy Hua, university distinguished professor of chemistry; Thu "Annelise" Nguyen, associate professor of toxicology; and Dolores Takemoto, professor emeritus of biochemistry.

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Patent issued for substance with biomedical benefits

Nov. 4, 2014

A novel jelly-like substance developed by Kansas State University researchers was recently issued a U.S. patent. The substance may be used for biomedical applications, ranging from cell culture and drug delivery to repairing and replacing tissue, organs and cartilage.

U.S. Patent No. 8,835,395, "Novel Protein Peptide Hydrogels," was awarded to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology transfer activities at the university. It is licensed to the company PepGel LLC, started by the inventors to explore commercialization opportunities in biomedical research and medical device areas.

The patent is for research conducted by Johnson Cancer Research Center affiliate Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and bio- and agro-engineering, and Hongzhou "John" Huang, a 2012 doctoral graduate. It covers various combinations of short peptides — compounds created from amino acids — that can be used to form hydrogels.

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Inaugural Jefferson Science Fellow Distinguished Lecture features expert on environmental exposure and epigenetic change

Oct. 6, 2014

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University will present the inaugural Jefferson Science Fellow Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the president's office, at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in 221 Ackert Hall. It will be part of the weekly Division of Biology seminar series, but the public is welcome.

Jefferson fellows spend a year working with the U.S. State Department or U.S. Agency for International Development, providing up-to-date expertise in the science, technology, engineering and medical areas that impact policy decisions.

The guest speaker will be Mitchell Turker, a professor of molecular and medical genetics at Oregon Health and Science University's Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. He will give the presentation "Environmental Exposures and Epigenetic Change."

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Oct. 4 K-State Fighting for a Cure shirt day building steam

Sept. 19, 2014

Ladies' Fighting for a Cure T-shirtKansas State University fans are encouraged to show their pride in the university's fight against cancer and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing the K-State Fighting for a Cure shirt to the home football game and elsewhere on Oct. 4.

First lady of K-State football Sharon Snyder, university president and first lady Kirk and Noel Schulz, and many others will participate in the celebration. Hundreds of shirts have been sold in the past few weeks.

"We're very excited to learn that the Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band will even do a special breast cancer awareness formation during halftime," said Marcia Locke, communications and outreach coordinator for the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

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Center director Rob Denell honored and other State of Kansas employees honored for 40, 50 years of service

Sept. 12, 2014

Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Department of Administration are honoring employees in a ceremony on Sept. 12 who, in the past fiscal year, completed either 40 or 50 years of service to the state.

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K-State Fighting for a Cure shirt day Oct. 4

Sept. 9, 2014

Supporters of Kansas State University cancer research are encouraged to wear the K-State Fighting for a Cure T-shirt to the university's home football game and elsewhere on Oct. 4 in celebration of the university's cancer research and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"We hope lots of K-State fans will join first lady of K-State football Sharon Snyder, university president and first lady Kirk and Noel Schulz, and many others in showing their pride in the university's fight against cancer by wearing the shirt to the game, or anywhere, on Oct. 4...

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Johnson Cancer Research Center's breast cancer awareness luncheon Oct. 17

Sept. 3, 2014

Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and cancer at the fifth annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.

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Golf tournament for K-State cancer research Oct. 3

Sept. 2, 2014

Golfers can help Kansas State University's fight against cancer at the 17th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 3. Proceeds will support the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

The four-person scramble will be at the Manhattan Country Club, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and prize disbursements will immediately follow the tournament.

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A.D. John Currie accepts Chillin' 4 Charity challenge and includes Johnson Cancer Research Center

July 15, 2014

K-State Athletic Director John Currie has accepted the Chillin' 4 Charity challenge (video), allowing ice water to be dumped over his head...to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. He raised the bar by making an extra gift to K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

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Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo and dinner benefit university's Johnson Cancer Research Center

July 7, 2014

The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association wants you to be tough enough to wear pink.

The association's eighth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo, a special night at the Kaw Valley Rodeo, will be Friday, July 25, to raise awareness of breast cancer and other cancers and support Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

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Radiation able to be securely stored in nontoxic molecule, study finds

Apr. 2, 2014

Researchers have discovered that microscopic "bubbles" developed at Kansas State University are safe and effective storage lockers for harmful isotopes that emit ionizing radiation for treating tumors.

The findings can benefit patient health and advance radiation therapy used to treat cancer and other diseases, said John M. Tomich, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics who is affiliated with the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

Read K-State news release. View KAKE TV news segment from May 13, 2014.


K-State undergraduate student cancer researcher named Goldwater Scholar

Apr. 2, 2014

Kansas State University students Max Goering, senior in mathematics, McPherson, and Christine Spartz, junior in chemistry, Ellington, Conn., are the university's newest Barry M. Goldwater scholars.

Spartz started undergraduate research to challenge herself outside of the classroom by exploring the fields of crystal engineering and intermolecular interactions...with Christer Aakeröy, university distinguished professor of chemistry, and together they are altering the water solubility of the cancer drug 5-flurouracil to explore different drug administering methods.

Read K-State news release.


K-State researchers' promising brain cancer treatment featured in NSF video

Feb. 6, 2014


 

First-generation Latina student (and cancer researcher) from Dodge City overcomes obstacles to earn college degree

Dec. 13, 2013

Graduation day December 14 will be a day of triumph for Pamela Maynez. The Dodge City native, a first-generation college student (and a cancer researcher), will graduate magna cum laude with bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biochemistry.

While at K-State, Maynez has contributed to award-winning cancer research--a blood test to identify breast cancer at an earlier stage than ever before.

Read K-State news release
Biomedical instrument development may have animal, human health benefits
Dec. 10, 2013, K-State Collegian
 
Major strides are being made in a K-State team’s efforts to develop a biomedical device, which they believe will benefit both animal and human healthcare. Earlier this semester, the team received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Institute to continue to develop their instrument and research how it can be used to aid in health treatments. 
 
The instrument, a modified, wide-bore 600 megahertz magnetic resonance imaging spectrometer, is a small MRI-like device that will use heat in a process called “thermal cell therapy” to mimic how the body uses fever to fight infections.

Read story in the Collegian.


51 undergraduate students selected to join university's cancer research teams

Dec. 2, 2013

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University is giving 51 undergraduate students the chance to conduct cancer research projects.

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.

Continue to read more. (related story in Dodge City Globe)


Animal, human health benefits anticipated from university's premier biomedical instrument

Nov. 12, 2013

A Kansas State University team (including cancer research affiliates Deryl Troyer, Stefan Bossmann & Punit Prakash) recently received a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Institute for a biomedical instrument that is anticipated to help with breakthroughs in animal and human health as well as cancer treatment.

The instrument is a modified wide-bore 600-megahertz magnetic resonance imaging spectrometer that will be equipped with a custom imaging probe. It can heat specific cells in the body using a process called thermal cell therapy that mimics how the body uses fever to fight infections, while simultaneously producing real-time, high-resolution images of the heat's effects on tumors and inflamed cells.

Continue to read more.


Johnson Center supports students, faculty cancer research for 33 years

Oct. 31, 2013, K-State Collegian
 
The Johnson Cancer Research Center hasn’t always been located in the heart of campus or had students and faculty vying for scholarships and research money.
 
Terry C. Johnson had a vision in 1980 to bring cancer research to K-State, and with the help of Rob Denell, current center director, there are now 80 affiliated faculty researchers and $500,000 a year supporting cancer research. Faculty and students are choosing K-State for the reputation it has in cancer research and the support the center provides.
 

Thyroid Research Sheds Light on Molecular Processes Related to Cystic Fibrosis

Oct. 29, 2013

Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State is leading to a better understanding of the molecular interactions in the thyroid gland related to cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the function of epithelia, the tissues formed of cells that secrete and absorb an array of substances important for health.

The university's Peying Fong, associate professor of anatomy and physiology, has received a $285,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services in support of her study, "CFTR Regulation of Thyroid Transport," a project that originally began with funding from the Johnson Cancer Research Center and others.

Continue to read more.


Cancer Research Center Chemist Daniel Higgins Named Commerce Bank Distinguished Faculty Member

Oct. 17, 2013

Two of Kansas State University's graduate faculty members are being awarded the 2013-2014 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. Subramanyam Bhadriraju, professor of grain science and industry, and Daniel Higgins, professor of chemistry, were selected for the awards for their outstanding scholarly achievements and their contributions to graduate education at Kansas State University.

Continue to read more.


Cats for a Cure raise $600 for K-State cancer research

Oct. 11, 2013, K-State Collegian

The Johnson Cancer Research Center raised about $600 this week from their “Fighting for a Cure” T-shirt sale. Because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, these shirts are to be worn to the K-State football game on Oct. 12.

Cats for a Cure, a student organization that aids in raising money for the center, helped with the T-shirt sale this week at the K-State Student Union. Cats for a Cure has been building a partnership with the center for the past couple of years and have held a couple fundraisers, with many volunteers, for the center.

Continue to read more.


Dave Lewis' Pink and Purple Polyester Party Oct. 18 to support university cancer research

Oct. 2, 2013

Dave Lewis, public address announcer for Kansas State University football and men's basketball games and a Riley County commissioner, is throwing another party to benefit the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

Lewis will host the third Pink and Purple Polyester Party to celebrate the life of his late wife, Elena, who died of breast cancer in 2006, and to raise funds for a scholarship endowment for cancer research in her name. It will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Houston Street Ballroom, 427 Houston St., Manhattan.

Continue to read more.


Research treats the fungus among us with nontoxic medicinal compound

Sept. 12, 2013

A Kansas State University microbiologist has found a breakthrough herbal medicine treatment for a common human fungal pathogen that lives in almost 80 percent of people.

Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, noticed that diabetic people in developing countries use a medicinal herb called Gymnema slyvestre to help control sugar levels. He decided to study the microbiological use of Gymnema slyvestre -- a tropical vine plant found in India, China and Australia -- to see if it could treat a common human fungal pathogen called Candida albicans. The investigation was successful on two levels.

Continue to read more.


Cancer research center's annual Regier Golf Tournament Oct. 11

Sept. 9, 2013
 
Golfers can help Kansas State University's fight against cancer at the 16th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 11. Proceeds will support the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
 
The four-person scramble will be at the Manhattan Country Club, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and prize disbursements will immediately follow the tournament.
 

Pink fire truck coming to Manhattan rodeo

July 22, 2013

Nicki the fire truck doesn't fight fires anymore. This pink traveling memorial spreads love and hope in support of women who have cancer, and she's coming to the Kaw Valley Rodeo for Tough Enough to Wear Pink night on Friday, July 26.

Held in conjunction with the Riley County Fair, the rodeo will be at 8 p.m. in Wells Arena in CiCo Park, Manhattan. The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association's Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign supports Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center, which directs all donations to cancer research and student training at the university.

Continue to read more.


Pink Rodeo to benefit university's Johnson Cancer Research Center

July 2, 2013

The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association wants you to be tough enough to wear pink.

The association will have its seventh annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo Friday, July 26, to raise awareness of breast cancer and other cancers and support Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

Continue to read more.

Retirement reception for Jan Galitzer June 21

June 12, 2013

Jan Galitzer, assistant to the director at the Johnson Cancer Research Center, is retiring after 15 years with the center and 24 years at K-State. The center invites friends to an open house celebration in her honor from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the center in Chalmers Hall. The entrance is inside the courtyard at 17th Street and Claflin Road.

Continue to read more.


Private donations let cancer research center award $466,600 for research, training

Thursday May 9, 2013

Private donations are making a difference for cancer scientists at Kansas State University.

“Saving lives through cancer research isn’t cheap,” said Rob Denell, director of the university’s Johnson Cancer Research Center and distinguished professor of biology. “And unlike cancer treatment providers who charge fees to cover their costs, researchers are constantly competing for funds to support their work, which provides the basis for that treatment.”

The university's cancer research gets a boost from the Johnson Cancer Research Center through the help of private donors who support its mission. With the funds that are raised through private donations, the center provides cancer research faculty and students hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in competitive awards to support innovative research, equipment purchases, mentoring of student researchers and more.


Cancer researcher Dorith Rotenberg earns university award for undergraduate mentoring

Thursday May 9, 2013

A Kansas State University plant pathologist is being recognized for her abilities and efforts in training the next generation of researchers.

Dorith Rotenberg, research associate professor of plant pathology, is receiving the 2013 University Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research. The award is based on mentoring performed in the previous academic year, and includes a plaque and $2,500.

“Dorith is a great example of a faculty member who not only personally excels in the laboratory, but is committed to ensuring that our undergraduate students also excel,” said Kirk Schulz, university president.


Student Cancer Researcher from Dodge City Earns University Honor for Research Work

Tuesday May 7, 2013

Phuoc Bui is wrapping up his undergraduate career at Kansas State University in an award-winning way.

The senior in microbiology from Dodge City, is the recipient of the University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research. The honor recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in research in any field of study. It includes a plaque and $1,000 award.

Bui has been working with Mark Weiss, professor of neuroscience and stem cell biology in the department of anatomy and physiology, since summer 2010.


Biology Professor's Research on Proteasomes Advancing Fight Against Cancer

Monday May 6, 2013

Kansas State University scientists helped discover new details about an intricate process in cells. Their finding may advance treatments for cancer and neurological diseases.

Kansas State University researchers Jeroen Roelofs, assistant professor, and Chingakham Ranjit Singh, research assistant professor — both in the Division of Biology — led part of the study. Both also are research affiliates with the university’s Johnson Cancer Research Center. They worked with colleagues at Harvard Medical School, the University of California-San Francisco and the University of Kansas. The scientific journal Nature recently published the team’s observations, titled “Reconfiguration of the proteasome during chaperone-mediated assembly.”

Continue to read more.

Undergraduate Cancer Researchers Win Goldwater Scholarship & Honorable Mention

Thursday April 18, 2013

Kansas State University student Jenny Barriga, junior in chemistry and biochemistry, Dodge City, has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, making her the university’s 69th Goldwater scholar. Kyle Snow, senior in chemical engineering, Eudora, and Brianne Pierce, junior in microbiology and premedicine, Wichita, have received honorable mentions in the competition.


Johnson Center provides cancer research opportunities to students, faculty

Tuesday February 26, 2013

from the Collegian

K-State students, faculty and staff have been working with the Johnson Cancer Research Center for years to research treatments and cures for various types of cancer.


Research improving breast cancer treatment by targeting tumor initiating cells

Wednesday February 13, 2013

Anna Zolkiewska, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, has received a four-year $1.245 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study a promising breast cancer marker called ADAM12. The grant is titled “ADAM12 in breast tumor initiating cells.


Johnson Cancer Research Center invites applications for spring cycle of awards

Friday February 1, 2013

The Johnson Cancer Research Center is now accepting applications for its spring cycle of awards.

Continue to read more.

Cancer crusaders: Awards from Johnson Cancer Research Center help undergraduates join fight against cancer

Friday November 9, 2012

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University is giving 50 undergraduate students the chance to conduct cancer research projects.


Dr. Yvonne Reid lectures on HeLa cells, biomedical research

Thursday October 11, 2012

K-State Collegian

Dr. Yvonne Reid, manager of the cell biology program at American Type Culture Collection, a global bioresource center headquartered in Manassas, Va., spoke last night in the K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall. Reid’s lecture was entitled “HeLa Cells and Biomedical Research: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”


Tour de Ted raises funds for cancer research

Saturday September 29, 2012

From The Topeka Capital-Journal

The bicycle ride was part of the multistate Tour de Ted Ride the Wire fundraising event, sponsored by Edward Jones investment services…which presented a $10,000 check to the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan.


University researchers develop blood test that accurately detects early stages of lung, breast cancers

Wednesday September 26, 2012

Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a simple blood test that can accurately detect the beginning stages of cancer.

In less than an hour, the test can detect breast cancer and non-small cell lung cancer…


The power of pink: Johnson Cancer Research Center's breast cancer awareness luncheon Oct. 12

Wednesday September 26, 2012

Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and breast cancer at the third annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.


Use of HeLa and Other Cells for Research Topic of Cancer Research Center's Bascom Lecture

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Selling cells is a complicated business, and the best-selling book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot has brought the issue to the forefront of American pop culture. It’s also the focus of an upcoming lecture sponsored by K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center.


Molecule Discovered at K-State Could Deliver Drugs to Treat Cancer & Other Diseases

Monday September 24, 2012

Johnson Cancer Research Center biochemist John Tomich and team have discovered a molecule that may be capable of delivering drugs inside the body to treat diseases.


Liberal, Kan., Kindergartners Help Tour de Ted Fundraiser for Cancer Research

Monday September 17, 2012

From High Plains Daily Leader and Southwest Daily Times
Liberal, Kan., kindergarten students, along with Edward Jones firms across several states, are…supporting cancer research through fundraising during September’s “Tour de Ted” events. Some of the events will support K-State cancer research.


Johnson Cancer Research Center announces its fall cycle of awards

Friday September 7, 2012

Kansas State University’s Johnson Cancer Research Center is now accepting applications for its fall semester awards.


Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament

The Regier family will host the 15th annual tournament on Fri., Sept. 7, 2012, at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan, Kan.


Undergraduate Cancer Researchers Helped Develop Eye Glue that Could Improve Safety of LASIK Surgery

Tuesday August 28, 2012

K-State researchers, led by former undergraduate biology student Stacy Littlechild, from Dr. Gary Conrad’s lab, have developed a glue mixture that may reduce risks after laser vision correction surgery.


A 'game-changer': By studying animal health, researchers find improved ways for developing, testing cancer therapies

Wednesday August 15, 2012

While researching ways to improve animal health, K-State scientists Raymond “Bob” Rowland, a virologist and professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, and Deryl Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology, have made two important discoveries that can also improve human health. Not only have they found pigs with severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, but they are also the first to discover the connection with human cancer, particularly melanomas and pancreatic cancers.


K-State Applauds KU Cancer Center's National Cancer Institute designation

Friday July 13, 2012


Pink Rodeo to Benefit K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center

Tuesday July 10, 2012

The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association is looking for cowboys and cowgirls who are tough enough to wear pink. Its 6th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Kaw Valley Rodeo will be Friday, July 27, to raise awareness of breast and other cancers and funds for K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center.


K-State Student Cancer Researcher Receives Top Undergraduate Research Honor

Monday May 14, 2012

Kansas State University undergraduate student Kristina Bigelow, senior in biology, Elsmore, is being honored for her research on the proteins of colon cancer cells.


Johnson Cancer Research Center Awards $508,000 to K-State Faculty and Students for Research and Training

Wednesday May 2, 2012

K-State’s cancer research gets a boost from the university’s Johnson Cancer Research Center through the help of private donors who support its mission. With the funds that are raised through private donations, the center offers cancer research faculty and students around $500,000 a year in competitive awards to support innovative research, equipment purchases, mentoring of student researchers and more.


K-State Cancer Researcher in Anatomy & Physiology Gets Cover of Prestigious "Cancer Research" Journal

Wednesday April 18, 2012

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Cancer Research Student Named Goldwater Scholar, Deciphers Molecular Communication to Aid Anti-Cancer Drug Delivery

Wednesday April 11, 2012

Angela Grommet, junior in chemistry, Wichita, is working with two classes of chemical compounds used in pharmaceuticals and in drug delivery devices. They can potentially aid drug delivery by forming 3-D molecular capsules to encase medicine, such as anti-cancer drugs, until they reach the site in the body where they are needed. This would make them less taxing on other parts of the human body.


Cancer Research Students Win Goldwater Scholarship & Honorable Mention

Friday April 6, 2012

Cancer research is a common factor for both Kansas State University students recognized by the 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Angela Grommet, junior in chemistry, Wichita, is the university’s 68th Goldwater scholar, and Sterling Braun, junior in premedicine and microbiology, Fort Scott, is an honorable mention.


Fraternity to Raise Money for K-State Cancer Research (K-State Collegian)

Monday March 26, 2012

The K-State community is host to many programs and organizations that make a difference in the lives of students and citizens of Manhattan.

Alpha Kappa Psi, a student-led business fraternity based in K-State’s College of Business, has worked and will continue to work on behalf of the The Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, which utilizes faculty and students to further education and understanding of cancer, and work towards a cure.


K-State Cancer Researcher is Using Genetics Studies to Develop Tools to Study Diseases, Improve Regenerative Treatment

Monday March 19, 2012

Mark Weiss, professor of anatomy and physiology and associate director of K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center, is researching genetic models for spinal cord injury or diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.


47 Students Receive Awards for Cancer Research (from the K-State Collegian)

Friday March 16, 2012

K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center gave awards to 47 outstanding undergraduates for their cancer-related research. Funded by private donations, an annual award serves to increase awareness of cancer and encourages more research to be done in the field.


Generation next: 47 undergraduates selected to work on cancer research projects

Thursday March 1, 2012

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University is giving 47 undergraduate students the chance to conduct cancer research projects.


Two center biologists receive ~$2.8M to study virus escape from mosquito midgut

Tuesday January 31, 2012

Married biologists Rollie Clem and Lorena Passarelli are being awarded a four-year $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, to study how mosquitoes transmit viruses.


K-State researcher studies foods, dietary supplements that may reduce risk of prostate cancer

Monday January 23, 2012

Brian Lindshield, human nutrition, is studying foods and dietary supplements that may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.


William & Linda Richter Cap Lifetime of Service to K-State with Planned Gift for Cancer Research and More

Monday January 23, 2012

Retired K-State faculty couple who established first undergraduate cancer research award for work in humanities is now establishing planned gift for several areas.


Researchers Get Patent for Synthetic Peptide That Helps Dogs Better Fight Pathogens

Thursday December 1, 2011

K-State cancer research center scientists Tonatiuh Melgarejo, human nutrition, and Frank Blecha, immunophysiology, and team isolated and characterized a natural antimicrobial peptide that helps dogs to better fight pathogens — including different bacteria, viruses and fungi.


Fighting Cancer in More Ways than One (Center director Rob Denell on Kansas First News)

Tuesday November 22, 2011

The director of K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center was featured on TV’s Kansas First News. He discussed his and his wife’s personal experiences with cancer as well as the cancer research center and his own research.

Kansas First News anchor Kelli Stegeman shares his story.


Fruitful Results: Survivor Fights Cancer With Insects

Monday October 31, 2011

Rob Denell thought he was done with cancer after his wife beat the disease. No more chemotherapy by his wife’s side. No more long drives to hospitals. He was about to say goodbye to cancer.


New Organization to Assist Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research

Thursday October 13, 2011

A new organization called the K-State Cancer Fighters has joined the K-State campus in collaboration with the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.


Party With a Purpose: Dave Lewis' Pink & Purple Polyester Party Supports K-State Cancer Research

Monday October 10, 2011

Dave Lewis, public address announcer for K-State football and men’s basketball games and a Riley County commissioner, will host and emcee the second annual Pink & Purple Polyester Party to raise funds for K-State’s cancer research center and to celebrate the life of his late wife, Elena.


Hitting the Greens to Fight Cancer: Regier Golf Tournament Oct. 7

Wednesday September 14, 2011

Golfers can help Kansas State University’s fight against cancer at the 14th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament, Friday, Oct. 7. Proceeds will support K-State’s Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.


K-State Cancer Researcher Developing a Therapy for Lung Cancer

Monday August 22, 2011

Kansas State University professor Masaaki Tamura is trying to create a patient-friendly treatment to help the more than 220,000 people who are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.


K-State Undergraduate Researcher Works Toward Cancer Detection

Tuesday July 12, 2011

Karsten Evans, a senior in biochemistry, is ready to take on cancer one cell at a time. He joined a cancer research team his sophomore year and is currently working with a new device he helped create that examines the content of single cells.


Johnson Cancer Research Center biologist Sue Brown Named Fellow of National Society

Tuesday July 12, 2011

Susan J. Brown, biology, has been named a fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Brown is one of 10 professors chosen for the honor.


Pink Rodeo to Benefit K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center

Tuesday July 5, 2011

The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association is hosting its fifth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the rodeo Friday, July 22, to raise awareness of breast and other cancers and to raise funds for Kansas State University’s Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.


K-State Senior Uses Peptides to Discover Better Method for Treating & Detecting Cancer

Thursday June 30, 2011

A K-State undergraduate in biology and premedicine is exploring the link between cancer research, treatment and detection by looking at a common tie: peptide bonds.


Two K-State Cancer Researchers--One Professor and One Student--Honored for Continuing and Encouraging Research Excellence at K-State

Wednesday June 1, 2011

Breast cancer researcher Annelise Nguyen and undergraduate student Derek Schneweis, who is studying a virus through a new branch of vector biology, are being honored for their efforts in continuing and encouraging research excellence at Kansas State University.


Cancer Research Undergrad Wins Scholarship for Service to Community and Honor Society

Thursday May 19, 2011

Several members of the Kansas State University chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national freshman honor society, are receiving national and local scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. Parker Rayl, one of our center’s undergraduate cancer researchers, is one of them.


Two K-State Cancer Research Faculty Are Recognized for Excellence

Friday May 6, 2011

Several Kansas State University faculty members are being recognized by their colleges for excellence in teaching, research, service and advising.


K-State Cancer Research Student in Chemistry Works to Change Non-Solubility of Otherwise Promising Drugs

Thursday May 5, 2011

Chloe Callahan has lost family members and a friend to cancer. The Kansas State University sophomore doesn’t want to lose more, so she’s taking on the disease in the laboratory.


Lecture: "Flies are Fine, but Beetles are Better: The Story of a Model Organism"

Biology Professor Susan Brown will present the lecture “Flies are Fine, but Beetles are Better: The Story of a Model Organism” at 3:30 Thur., April 28.


K-State Cancer Research Student in Chemistry Works to Improve Pain Killers

Thursday April 28, 2011

Food packages and medicine bottles often list a dizzying array of chemicals and ingredients on their labels. But for Kansas State University chemistry major Angela Grommet, reading the ingredients isn’t confusing — it’s interesting.


Undergraduate Says Cancer Research Lab Experience Helped Him Make Career Plans

Thursday April 14, 2011

Getting into the lab to perform cancer research as an undergraduate has been a career-changing decision for K-State’s Sterling Braun.


K-State Biochemist Jianhan Chen Uses Computer Modeling to Study Protein Involved with Cancer

Wednesday April 13, 2011

A new biophysical and biochemical study may lead to better understanding of how structural flexibility controls the interaction of a protein that is closely involved with cancer, according to a Kansas State University biochemist Jianhan Chen.


K-State Cancer Research Student is Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Monday April 4, 2011

Johnson cancer research center-supported undergraduate student Gage Brummer has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship.


K-State Cancer Researcher Using Nanotechnology for Cancer Detection

Tuesday March 29, 2011

Dr. Jun Li, chemistry, is applying nanotechnology to create biosensor to detect cancer and pathogens.


Johnson Cancer Research Center's Dr. Vikas Berry Earns NSF CAREER Award for Work Involving Graphene

Monday February 14, 2011

Research with small particles has led to a big-time award for K-State researcher Vikas Berry, assistant professor of chemical engineering, who has received a National Science FoundationCAREER award for his work involving graphene.


K-State Cancer Research Professor Named One of Kansas' Most Important Researchers

Wednesday February 9, 2011

Samantha ‘Sam’ Wisely, K-State associate professor of biology, has been named one of the top 150 scientists in Kansas.


Three Johnson Cancer Research Students Are Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Four K-State students will compete for 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. The students are: Sterling Braun, Fort Scott; Joshua Ericson, Junction City; Gage Brummer, Prairie Village; and Angela Grommet, Wichita.


K-State Students Conducting Cancer Research

Friday February 4, 2011

At K-State’s Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, laboratories are like games of hide-and-seek — the more, the merrier.


K-State Cancer Research Center Fights Disease From the Lab

Monday January 31, 2011

Cancer, according to statistics from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, has become the leading cause of death in Kansas, surpassing heart disease.

But efforts by Kansas State University are helping to tackle the disease in several ways.


K-State Undergrads Heading to the Lab to Conduct Cancer Research

Monday January 24, 2011

Nearly 50 undergraduates at Kansas State University are heading to the laboratory this semester to join the fight against cancer.


Purple Sweet Potatoes Subject of K-State Cancer Researcher's Work in Human Nutrition

Monday November 22, 2010

Johnson cancer researcher center nutrition scientist George Wang and his team could be accused of carrying Purple Pride to extremes.


Gift Benefits K-State Cancer Research

Friday November 5, 2010

The late David and Janice von Riesen have made gifts through the Janice W. von Riesen Trust of more than $325,000 to Kansas State University’s A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.


K-State Cancer Researchers Featured in Topeka Capital-Journal

Saturday October 30, 2010

Kansas State University chemistry professor Stefan Bossmann is on a fishing trip. But instead of catfish or bass, he is looking to snag a new treatment for cancer.


Cancer Research Center's Dr. Anna Whitfield Recognized Nationally for Her Work in Virology

Friday October 29, 2010

Anna Whitfield, assistant professor of plant pathology, was named an up-and-comer in virology by the American Phytopathological Society.


Cancer Research Center Professor Uses Local Environment for Research

Friday October 29, 2010

What do the genes of nematodes and big bluestem grass have to do with ecosystems? For Michael Herman, associate professor of biology, they mean a lot. Herman’s research specializes in ecological genomics, a growing area of study.


K-State Cancer Researcher in Immunophysiology Receives High Honor

Tuesday October 26, 2010

Despite making what are arguably some of the biggest advancements in research on the animal immune system, Frank Blecha puts his students’ success before his own.


K-State Cancer Researcher's Work on Graphene Shares Connection with Nobel Laureates

Thursday October 21, 2010

When two scientists were recently awarded the Nobel Prize for physics for their work with graphene, K-State’s Dr. Vikas Berry was thrilled with the recognition of the new two-dimensional material.


Johnson Cancer Research Center's Pink Power Luncheon Draws Record Number

Monday October 18, 2010

Kay Farley is pretty proud of her pink shoes. Taking her foot out of her pink slip-on tennis shoes, she showed off the breast cancer ribbon on the white sole of her shoes.


K-State Cancer Researcher and Colleagues Lead the Way in Ecological Genomics

Thursday October 14, 2010

Dr. Michael Herman’s research and the upcoming Ecological Genomics Symposium continue to make the university a leader in the emerging field of ecological genomics.


Cancer Researcher Dr. Susan Brown Receives Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

Monday October 11, 2010

Developmental geneticist Dr. Susan Brown, K-State professor of biology, is one of two recipients of the 2010 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty awards at Kansas State University.


Cancer Research Center Having Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Oct. 15

Friday October 1, 2010

Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and breast cancer at the Pink Power Luncheon for Breast Cancer Awareness from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Landon Room at Manhattan’s Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.


Dave Lewis' Pink & Purple Polyester Party to Support K-State Cancer Research

Thursday September 30, 2010

Dave Lewis, public address announcer for K-State football and men’s basketball, will speak up for cancer research when he throws a 30th birthday party for Kansas State University’s Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.


KU Medical Center's Barbara Atkinson Presented on Cancer Research & Treatment in Kansas

Wednesday September 29, 2010

K-State Collegian: Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center and executive dean of the KU School of Medicine, discussed the higher rates of smoking and related lung cancers in rural Kansas during her speech in Forum Hall last night.


Band Plays at Wareham, Benefits K-State Cancer Research

Monday September 27, 2010

K-State Collegian: The Wareham Opera House sang the blues on Sept. 26 with the Blues Band Beatin’ Breast Cancer Benefit concert, featuring the Red State Blues Band. The concert celebrated the life of Deb Lundberg and raised funds for K-State cancer research.


Blues Band Beatin' Breast Cancer Benefit

Red State Blues Band played at 7-9 p.m. on Sun. Sept. 26 at the Wareham Opera House, “to celebrate the life of Deb Lundberg and raise money to beat the disease that took her away from us.”


Johnson Cancer Research Center Offers Presentation by KU's Barbara Atkinson

Monday September 13, 2010

“The Future of Cancer Research and Treatment in Kansas” will be presented at K-State by Dr. Barbara Atkinson, exec. vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center & exec. dean of the KU School of Medicine, at 7:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 28, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.


Cancer Researchers & Colleagues Earn K-State a Patent for Noncontroversial Source of Stem Cells

Tuesday September 7, 2010

K-State has been a issued a patent for a plentiful and noncontroversial source of stem cells from a substance in the umbilical cord, thanks to work by cancer researchers Drs. Deryl Troyer and Mark Weiss, and others.


K-State Cancer Researcher Wins $370,000 from NIH

Wednesday August 11, 2010

Understanding how cancer cells communicate with each other and how to enhance their receptiveness to drug treatments is the focus of promising work by Annelise Nguyen, assistant professor of toxicology in the department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.


K-State Cancer Researcher Investigates Mutated Gene's Role in Breast Cancer

Monday August 9, 2010

K-State cancer researcher Anna Zolkiewska and her team are investigating mutation within the ADAM12 gene of the A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease family, or ADAM family, and its role in breast cancer. “We want to know whether ADAM12 is a good guy or a bad guy in breast cancer.”


K-State News: Regier Golf Tournament Sept. 3

Wednesday July 28, 2010

Golfers can help K-State fight cancer at the 13th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 3. The four-person scramble, at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, will have a shotgun start at noon. Registration is requested by Monday, Aug. 16, but same-day registration will be accepted at 11 a.m.


K-State Cancer Research Center Biologist Studies When Good Cells Go Bad

Tuesday July 13, 2010

While some biological research may not directly provide cures for major diseases, it can provide the scientific basis for research that might. Work by K-State’s Jeroen Roelofs is one such example.


Kaw Valley Rodeo Going Pink To Benefit K-State's Johnson Cancer Center

Thursday July 1, 2010

The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association’s fourth annual “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” rodeo will be Friday, July 23, to raise awareness of breast and other cancers, and raise funds for Kansas State University’s Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.


K-State Research Team Using Nanoparticles to Battle Cancer

Tuesday June 29, 2010

K-State cancer research center’s Stefan Bossmann, Deryl Troyer, and Viktor Chikan are exploring nanoparticle-induced hyperthermia in the battle against cancer.


K-State Cancer Research Professor Receives $1.5M to Study Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Wednesday May 19, 2010

Dr. Lynn Hancock was awarded nearly $1.5 million from NIH to investigate the antibiotic resistance of enterococci, a type of bacteria commonly found in hospitals.


Special Young Friend of the Center is Denver Channel 7 'Everyday Hero'

Monday May 17, 2010

When you hear the words: “Dad has cancer,” it is hard not to worry, especially when you are only 9 years old. But a 7Everyday Hero is fighting back. Her efforts are helping everyone diagnosed with cancer.


Center, in its 30th Year, Continues to Grow, Expand Research Efforts

Friday May 14, 2010

Named in honor of its founder the late Terry C. Johnson, former university distinguished professor and director of Kansas State University’s Division of Biology, the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at K-State has been working to fight cancer for 30 years.


Center-Supported Undergrad is Cancer Survivor & Cancer Researcher

Friday May 14, 2010

As a cancer survivor, Kansas State University student Andrew Satterlee says he feels a responsibility to study cancer and make the experience easier on others than it was for himself.


41 Undergrads to Receive Cancer Research Awards at Banquet

Wednesday March 24, 2010

Forty-one undergraduate students are earning cancer research awards from the Johnson Cancer Center.


K-State Cancer Research Student Makes Discovery About Post-Hemorrhage Immune System Response, Presents at National Meeting

Tuesday March 16, 2010

A study by Cancer Research Award winner Diana Hylton, aimed at alleviating intestinal damage in trauma patients, digressed to an important finding that could affect medication given to the individuals.


Cancer Researchers Make Big Discovery That Could Help Treat Eye & Breast Cancers

Tuesday March 9, 2010

What began as research into how diabetics could possibly preserve their eyesight has led to findings that could prolong the vision of children afflicted with retinoblastoma, a cancer that forms in the tissue of the retina.


Affiliated Researcher Gets Prestigious NSF CAREER Award to Do Protein Research & Outreach

Monday March 8, 2010

An award from the National Science Foundation will boost K-State professor Jianhan Chen’s contribution to the study of proteins while also helping college and high school science teachers learn more about computational and structural biology.


K-State Researchers Discuss Potential for Nutrigenomics to Help Prevent Cancer & Other Diseases

Friday March 5, 2010

Personal health recommendations and diets tailored to better prevent diseases may be in our future, just by focusing on genetics.


Cancer Research Center Affiated Chemist Named to Board of Prestigious International Crystallographic Data Center

Wednesday November 25, 2009

K-State’s Christer Aakeroy was recently appointed to the board of governors of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. The prestigious international center, which promotes the advancement of the science of chemistry and crystallography for public benefitis, is a nonprofit, charitable institution based at the University of Cambridge in England.