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HPV vaccine expert to present Bascom Lecture March 12

Feb. 22, 2018

An obstetrician-gynecologist and HPV vaccine expert from the University of Kansas Medical Center will speak at K-State as part of the Johnson Cancer Research Center's George S. Bascom Memorial Lecture Series on Current Issues in Clinical Medicine.

Kevin Ault has been involved in the development of a vaccine against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus for two decades. He will present "HPV Vaccine: A Missed Opportunity for Cancer Prevention" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the K-State Student Union's Cottonwood Room. The talk is free and the public is invited.

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National Institutes of Health funds cancer-related research at Kansas State University

Feb. 21, 2018

Tackling lung cancer with development of a minimally invasive treatment option is the goal of Punit Prakash, asst. prof. of electrical and computer engineering, and other researchers from K-State's colleges of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, along with industry partner, Broncus Medical, San Jose, California.

The project, funded by a $1,321,648 grant from the National Cancer Institute, is expected to lead to a bronchoscopic microwave ablation system for treating lung tumors.

Prakash is principal investigator for the five-year study "Bronchoscope-Guided Microwave Ablation of Early-Stage Lung Tumors," awarded under the NIH Academic-Industrial Partnerships to Translate and Validate in Vivo Cancer Imaging Systems program.

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Gates Cambridge selects first Kansas State University student for international scholarship

Feb. 21, 2018

K-State's Vaithish Velazhahan, senior in microbiology, medical biochemistry and pre-medicine, Manhattan, is receiving the 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The three-time JCRC undergraduate Cancer Research Awardee is one of 35 U.S. students to receive the scholarship, established by Bill and Melinda Gates to cover the cost of studying at Cambridge while pursuing a full-time postgraduate degree.

Velazhahan will study with Cambridge's MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where he will research the structure of key membrane proteins, called G protein-coupled receptors, that help cells communicate with an organism's environment.

"This experience will help me reach my dream of becoming a physician-scientist as I plan to return to the U.S. for medical school," Velazhahan said.

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College of Veterinary Medicine establishes Center of Excellence for Translational and Comparative Oncology Research at Kansas State University

Jan. 23, 2018

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has a new center of excellence that is focusing on improving the diagnosis, management and treatment of both human and animal cancer. 

The K-State Center of Excellence for Translational and Comparative Oncology Research, or CETCOR, was established in late 2017 through start-up funding from the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center and support from the College of Veterinary Medicine

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Kansas State University contributes to understanding of nanomaterial immunosafety in medicine

Dec. 14, 2017

A research team that includes scientists and modelers with K-State's Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine and Nanotechnology Innovation Center has studied the inflammatory responses triggered by nanoparticles.

The study, "Bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide) binds to the surface of gold nanoparticles, interferes with biocorona formation and induces human monocyte inflammatory activation," was recently published in Nanotoxicology, a top-ranked journal in the field of toxicology and medicine.

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A $1.8 million NIH grant to help tiny gene regulator research at Kansas State University

Dec. 13, 2017

A teeny, tiny worm and a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant may help a Kansas State University researcher understand how the smallest molecules can have big effects on gene expression.

Using microscopic worms as a model system, Anna Zinovyeva, assistant professor in the Division of Biology, is researching how small bits of non-coding RNA, called microRNAs, decrease gene activity in animals. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences awarded Zinovyeva with a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for New and Early Stage Investigators because her research might lead to breakthroughs in human health research.

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Undergraduate students selected to join Kansas State University cancer research teams

Dec. 7, 2017

The Johnson Cancer Research Center has selected 33 students to participate in its undergraduate research mentoring and awards program. 

The center's Cancer Research Awards 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.

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Attacking cancer with One Health approach is topic of Nov. 1 event

Sept. 28, 2017

Kansas State University's Olathe campus and College of Veterinary Medicine along with life science partners in Greater Kansas City are inviting the community to celebrate One Health and learn how the comprehensive approach is accelerating research and breakthroughs in human, animal and environmental health.

One feature will be a discussion panel comprised of professionals working in the human, animal and environmental health sectors, including K-State's Dr. Raelene Wouda, a cancer researcher in the clinical sciences department. Panelists will look at how to attack cancer using a One Health approach.

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KDA partners with Blue Valley FFA and Hy-Vee to sell pink pumpkins

Sept. 28, 2017

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is partnering with the Blue Valley FFA Chapter and Hy-Vee Manhattan to sell pink pumpkins, grown in Kansas by Finney County farmer Dwane Roth, in support of breast cancer research. The pink pumpkins will be sold for $10 each at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in front of Hy-Vee Manhattan, 601 N. 3rd Place. Half of the proceeds will support K-State cancer research.

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Researchers find mechanism that could improve therapies for cancer and infectious diseases

Sept. 14, 2017

A finding by K-State researchers could potentially lead to improved targeted therapies for cancer and many viruses.

Messenger RNA is the template to produce proteins in all organisms. Poxviruses, which can infect people, mammals and some reptiles, use a poly(A) leader in their messenger RNA to synthesize more proteins, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.

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Bossmann and Wang publish book on magnetic nanomaterials

Sept. 7, 2017

Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, and Hongwang Wang, grain sciences, have published their edited book, "Magnetic Nanomaterials: Applications in Catalysis and Life Sciences," which appears in the Royal Society of Chemistry series "Smart Materials."

Magnetic nanomaterials have undergone a significant evolution during the past decade, with supramolecular nanoparticle organization reaching unprecedented levels of complexity and the materials providing new approaches to treating cancer.

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Research, health care advocate Peggy Johnson guest speaker at Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness Oct. 11

Aug. 31, 2017

The eighth annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave., Manhattan. The public is invited to this free event, but reservations are required.

The Pink Power Luncheon is sponsored by Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center and the Kansas affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Lunch is provided along with a guest presentation, information about breast health and health care resources, a souvenir item and door prizes.

The guest speaker will be Peggy Johnson, a breast cancer survivor and the executive director and chief operating officer of the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation. Johnson will present "Research and Breast Cancer Survivorship."

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Bossmann and Schlup honored for teaching excellence with Segebrecht Award

Aug. 30, 2017

Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, and John Schlup, professor of chemical engineering, (both affiliates of the Johnson Cancer Research Center) have been selected to receive the Segebrecht Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for 2017. The award was established in honor of Ervin W. Segebrecht, a 1938 graduate of Kansas State University, to recognize professors who provide inspiration and excellence in teaching.

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Join the fight: Celebrate Kansas State University's fight against cancer with Fighting for a Cure shirt

Aug. 30, 2017

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 Saturday, Oct. 14, for the fourth annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Day.

Join Sharon Snyder, first lady of Wildcat football, and the Snyder family; Eric Stonestreet, Emmy Award-winning actor and K-State alum; Frank Tracz, director of K-State bands; and many others by wearing a K-State Fighting for a Cure shirt to celebrate the university's fight against cancer and honor its cancer survivors and researchers.

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K-State Biology Professor helps U.S. military fight cancer

Aug. 1, 2017

One in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer, and military personnel and their families are affected at a greater rate, according to a K-State researcher who aims to understand whether a vaccine could prevent one type of skin cancer.

Nicholas Wallace, assistant professor of biology, has received a $510,231 Career Development Award from the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate the role of human papillomavirus, or HPV, in skin cancer. HPV is best known as a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer in women, but the HPV family includes viruses that infect the skin of a vast majority of people.

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KSNT News features Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo that benefits Johnson Cancer Research Center

July 28, 2017

The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association’s 11th annual, ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo’ is back in the Little Apple. The event honors cancer survivors and raises awareness and funds for K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center. 

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Johnson Cancer Research Center provides half-million dollars for Kansas State University research and education

June 6, 2017

Cancer research at Kansas State University 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 Stephen Keith Chapes, Johnson Cancer Research Center interim director and 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 that leads to such treatments."

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K-State Biology student studying baculovirus receives national research fellowship

May 26, 2017

The American Society for Microbiology has awarded an ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship to Kathlyn Gomendoza, senior in biology at K-State. She will use the fellowship to continue studying baculovirus, which is used as a vector of vaccines against human papillomavirus and influenza virus and is under study as a potential vector for therapeutic cancer vaccines.

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Pink and Purple Polyester Party raises $9,700 for K-State cancer research

May 23, 2017

Live disco music, retro costumes and decorated bras were the highlights of the sixth annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party April 7. But the main goal of the event was to raise money for cancer research at Kansas State University.

The party, which was presented by CivicPlus, experienced its largest attendance to date and raised $9,708 for the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

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Good news for grilling: Black pepper helps limit cancerous compounds in meat, study shows

May 16, 2017

A Kansas State University researcher recently discovered that a commonly used spice is a champion at reducing carcinogenic compounds in grilled meats.

J. Scott Smith, professor of animal sciences and industry, found that black pepper nearly eliminates the formation of heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, which can form on the surface of meat when it is cooked.

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Enjoy fitness and support K-State cancer research at Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and fun walk on May 6

Apr. 14, 2017

Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension, will hold its second Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk Saturday, May 6, to benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. It is open to everyone, not just Walk Kansas program participants.

The event, which will include a 50-yard kids' fun run, will take place outside the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Chalmers Hall on the university's Manhattan campus, 1711 Claflin Road. Check-in will be at 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the 1.5-mile fun walk will start a few minutes later.

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Undergraduate students study yeast ribosomes to reveal a fundamental process of cancer formation

Apr. 13, 2017

Outside of commercial brewing, many people see yeast as a pesky annoyance rather than opportunity. Research in Katsura Asano's laboratory at Kansas State University uses these small organisms to help better understand some components of human life — more specifically, what goes wrong in cancerous cells.

The goal of the Asano lab is to understand how protein synthesis is accurately initiated and how the process is dysregulated in cancer. The main focus of the published work looks at the mechanics of a piece of cellular machinery involved in protein synthesis: the ribosome.

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Doctoral student's research on 'good' virus may one day help with treating bad diseases

Mar. 28, 2017

A K-State doctoral student in biology has uncovered some key findings about vaccinia, a virus that can take on other viruses' traits. Vaccinia could become a tool for vaccine development and cancer therapy.

"Many people think all viruses are bad, but vaccinia can be a 'good' virus that can be developed into treatments for dreadful diseases," said Anil Pant, whose research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center and Division of Biology.

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Reminder: Disco party April 7 and Bra Crawl March 28 to support K-State cancer research

Mar. 27, 2017

Dig out your polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes and disco for a cure at the sixth annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, 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 costume contest, fun photo station, heavy hors d'oeuvres, late-night munchies and a cash bar, all catered by Della Voce.

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K-State researcher collaborates on aerosol-based treatment for lung cancer

Mar. 10, 2017

Lung cancer patients may one day be able to breathe a sigh of relief because of a new potential treatment for the disease. K-State's Masaaki Tamura is collaborating on a National Institutes of Health-funded research project for a therapeutic compound that would be administered directly to the lungs in aerosol form.

"The standard treatments for lung cancer include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery," said Tamura, who is an associate professor of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and affiliate of the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center. "Cisplatin is a first-line chemotherapy for lung cancer, but intravenous delivery can be complicated by a variety of factors such as toxicities, poor penetration into tumors and lymph nodes, organ damage, and spontaneous drug resistance. Cancer becomes poorly responsive to chemotherapeutics after repetitive uses."

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Sixth annual disco party to support Kansas State University cancer research April 7

Mar. 1, 2017

Dig out your polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes and disco for a cure at the sixth annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the K-State Alumni Center. Entertainment will include a live performance by Kansas City band Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs.

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Cancer patients and survivors needed for clinical trial evaluating cardiovascular health

Feb. 28, 2017

The Clinical Integrative Physiology Laboratory in the kinesiology department is recruiting participants for a clinical trial to learn about the effects of chemotherapy on cardiovascular health.

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Doctoral student seeks way to beat tumors faster than chemotherapy

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.

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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.

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Undergraduate students selected to join Kansas State University cancer research teams

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.

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Chapes named interim director of cancer research center

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.

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HPV vaccine expert to present Bascom Lecture Nov. 3 at K-State

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.

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