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K-State cancer research team receives $2 million from NSF to develop better treatments for glioblastoma and other cancers

Oct. 30, 2019

K-State researchers, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, have received $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program to conduct fundamental studies on new treatments for glioblastoma and other cancers. 

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Toxicology society recognizes K-State cancer researcher with Doull award

Oct. 1, 2019

Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, was presented the Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology's prestigious John Doull Award in recognition of her contributions to the discipline of toxicology and to the chapter. Nguyen's research has focused on breast cancer and garnered four patented technologies. 

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Pink Power Luncheon to feature KU Cancer Center director of survivorship Oct. 11

Sept. 19, 2019

The 10th annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave. The public is invited to this free event, but reservations are required by Oct. 4. 

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K-State chemistry team's nanomedicine  research featured by Advanced Science News

Sept. 11, 2019

[Kansas State University scientists are developing] Nanoparticle-based gadolinium contrast agents to improve the safety of MRIs. 

read "Making MRIs Safer" in Advanced Science News


Regier golf tournament to benefit Kansas State University cancer research Oct. 18

Sept. 11, 2019

Golfers are invited to help Kansas State University fight cancer at the 22nd annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Oct. 18. Proceeds will support the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

The tournament honors Rob Regier, a 1988 graduate of K-State in pre-dentistry who died of cancer at age 26. It is hosted by his mother, Sandy Regier, and his brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Juli Regier, all of Overland Park. The Regiers have raised more than $356,000 for the university's cancer research and education programs.

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K-State celebrating sixth annual Fighting for a Cure Day Oct. 5

Aug. 26, 2019

Celebrate and support K-State's fight against cancer with a Fighting for a Cure shirt, and wear it to the home football game, or anywhere, Saturday, Oct. 5, for the sixth annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Day

Join Bill Snyder, the university's former head football coach; Chris Klieman, current head football coach; Eric Stonestreet, Emmy Award-winning actor and alumnus; Kevin Lockett, former K-State Wildcat and Kansas City Chiefs football player; and many others who have shown their pride with a Fighting for a Cure shirt, in honoring the K-State family's cancer survivors and researchers.

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Biology professor receives $1.9 million grant from National Institutes of Health to study vaccinia virus

July 24, 2019

Zhilong Yang, biology, and team have received a nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how vaccinia virus — a member of the poxvirus family — produces its proteins. 

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Vaccinia virus [...] has tremendous potential in fighting cancers because it can selectively kill tumor cells. By engineering the virus to be less harmful to healthy tissues but to kill tumors more efficiently, scientists are developing promising cancer therapeutics.  

Yang's research could help provide new strategies to block poxvirus infection and improve the efficacy of poxviruses used in vaccine development and cancer therapy.

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Johnson Cancer Research Center provides $345,042  for research and education

Cancer research at Kansas State University has gotten a large boost from donations made to the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

"Cancer research is expensive, but it is the necessary first step in saving lives," 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 seeking funds to support their work."

Private donations to the cancer research center allow it to provide faculty and students hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in competitive awards to support innovative cancer research, laboratory equipment purchases, mentoring of student researchers and more.

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A big step in cancer detection: K-State scientists develop device that detects diseases at their earliest stages

From Summer 2019 "Good for K-State" magazine, published by KSU Foundation

Imagine going to your doctor’s office for your annual checkup, where a simple and affordable blood test tells you in less than an hour if you have a type of cancer or a neurodegenerative disease. Drs. Stefan Bossmann and Chris Culbertson, both K-State professors and researchers, have developed a device that does just that.

The prototype of their device, made possible through a $50,000 gift from a donor (actor & alum Eric Stonestreet), can detect many different types of cancers and diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, at stage 0 or 1—often before symptoms occur.

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Three undergraduate researchers selected as Goldwater scholars

May 16, 2019

Three K-State undergraduate student researchers are among the 2019 national Barry M. Goldwater scholars. All three work with Johnson Cancer Research Center affiliated research teams. Erianna Basgall, junior in biochemistry, Ellis; Mackenzie Thornton, junior in microbiology and pre-medicine, Leawood; and Gabrielle Phillips, senior in chemical engineering, Wichita; have received the prestigious Goldwater scholarship. 

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JCRC research affiliate Stefan Bossmann, and others, named University Distinguished Professors

May 1, 2019

Kansas State University has named five professors as 2019 university distinguished professors, the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty members. Stefan Bossmann, cancer research affiliate in chemistry, is one of the professors receiving this lifetime distinction. 

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Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight to support K-State cancer research May 4

April 17, 2019

Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension, will hold its fourth annual Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk Saturday, May 4, to benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center. 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 in Chalmers Hall on the university's Manhattan campus, 1711 Claflin Road. Check-in will be from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The 5K and 1.5-mile fun walk will start at 9 a.m. 

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K-State doctoral student in cancer research receives award for Capitol event poster presentation

March 12, 2019

Two Kansas State University graduate students—Obdulia Covarrubias Zambrano, doctoral student in chemistry, Liberal, and Ana Stoian, doctoral student in pathobiology, Romania—received statewide recognition for their Kansas-related research at the 16th Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Feb. 27, at the State Capitol in Topeka. 

Covarrubias Zambrano's research focuses on the development of a nanobiosensor for early pancreatic cancer detection by means of a simple blood test.

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Eighth annual disco party to support Kansas State University cancer research April 5

March 6, 2019

Dig out your bell-bottoms and platform shoes and disco for a cure at the eighth annual Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the K-State Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Ave. The party benefits Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center

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Cargill executive, philanthropist James Haymaker to receive honorary degree from Kansas State University

Feb. 21, 2019

A longtime Cargill executive and K-State alumnus will receive the university's highest honor, an honorary doctorate, in May. Haymaker has been a member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center's advisory council since 1997. 

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Study identifies two proteins that suppress tumor growth in fruit flies, suggests similar effect on human cancers

Jan. 30, 2019

The concept sounds simple, but understanding the process has been elusive: Cut off the nutrient supply to suppress the growth of tumors. Drs. Jianzhong Yu and Yulan Xiong, both in the department of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, and team are exploring this concept by studying the behaviors of 'Headcase' and 'Unkempt' proteins in fruit flies, which have known counterparts in humans. 

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National Academy of Inventors names Sun a fellow for her innovations, achievements

Dec. 12, 2018

The National Academy of Inventors is honoring Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry, ancillary faculty of biological and agricultural engineering, and affiliate of the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University, for her prolific spirit of innovation and the impact of her work. 

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Undergraduate students selected to join Kansas State University cancer research teams

Dec. 5, 2018

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State has selected 35 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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Johnson Cancer Research Center mourns passing of former director, university distinguished professor of biology Rob Denell

Nov. 28, 2018

Rob Denell, university distinguished professor emeritus of biology and former director of the Johnson Cancer Research Center, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Kansas City, Kan. 

Denell came to Kansas State University in 1973, serving most recently as the director of the Johnson Cancer Research Center from 2003 to 2016. Before then, he was a professor in the Division of Biology, rising quickly through the ranks to full professor by 1983 and named a university distinguished professor in 2000. 

Denell had a prolific research career in genetics and evolutionary developmental biology, and mentored numerous students and postdoctoral fellows. 

As a cancer survivor, serving the Johnson Cancer Research Center was especially meaningful to Denell. Moreover, his impact was profound. Succeeding its founding director, Denell helped the young center mature and thrive, seeing impressive growth of its faculty and endowment. 

Per Denell’s wishes, no traditional services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. 

Read Denell’s full obituary.


Kansas State University launches Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Nov. 19, 2018

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State has launched a Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The center has three areas of focus: cancer detection, drug discovery and studies involving in-vivo techniques and magnetic resonance imaging.

The center is led by Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry. The focus areas are led by, respectively, Jun Li, professor of chemistry; Duy Hua, university distinguished professor of chemistry; and Jianzhong Yu, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology.

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Pink Power Luncheon to feature University of Kansas Medical Center breast cancer oncologist Anne O'Dea Oct. 23

Sept. 11, 2018

The ninth annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness, co-sponsored by Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center and the Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave. The public is invited to this free event, but reservations are required.

Lunch will be 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 Dr. Anne O'Dea, assistant professor and medical director for breast cancer survivorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Anonymous donor matches gifts up to $10,000 to university's Fighting for a Cure campaign

Aug. 31, 2018

When it comes to helping K-State fight cancer, you can make it a double. Between now and Oct. 13, gifts to the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center will be matched by a center supporter.

The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, will match gifts to the center's Fighting for a Cure campaign, up to $10,000, until Oct. 13, which will be the culmination of the campaign and the university's fifth annual Fighting for a Cure Day.

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K-State to celebrate 5th annual Fighting for a Cure Day Oct. 13 with Bill Snyder commemorative shirt

Aug. 28, 2018

Celebrate K-State's fight against cancer with a Bill Snyder commemorative Fighting for a Cure shirt, and wear it to the home football game or anywhere Saturday, Oct. 13, for the university's fifth annual Fighting for a Cure Day.

Join Sharon Snyder, first lady of Wildcat football, and the Snyder family; Eric Stonestreet, Emmy Award-winning actor and Kansas State University alumnus; Kevin Lockett, former Wildcat and Kansas City Chiefs football player; and many others who have shown their pride by wearing a Fighting for a Cure shirt in honor of the university's cancer survivors and researchers.

The 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 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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Breast cancer and lymphoma survivor research opportunity

June 13, 2018

Individuals who have been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer and lymphoma are needed for a study at K-State's Clinical Integrative Physiology Lab.

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Kansas State University Johnson Cancer Research Center provides $362,400 for research and education

June 12, 2018

Cancer research at Kansas State University has gotten a large boost from donations made to the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center

"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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Pink and Purple Polyester Party raises $12,000 for cancer research at Kansas State University

June 6, 2018

Live disco music, retro costumes and decorated bras were the highlights of the seventh annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus April 6. But the main goal of the event was to raise money for the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. 

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Phoreus Biotechnology licenses Kansas State University bio-delivery technology

June 5, 2018

A technology invented by Kansas State University biochemistry professor John Tomich has been licensed by Phoreus Biotechnology, Olathe, Kan. The nanotechnology delivers biomolecules that can improve vaccines and cancer therapies, boost the effectiveness of diagnostic imaging and control of pests, and control diseases and parasites in both animals and plants. 

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Participants needed for prostate cancer heart health study in Manhattan, Salina, Olathe or Wichita

May 15, 2018

Men who are currently being treated or have previously been treated for prostate cancer are needed for a study at K-State's Clinical Integrative Physiology Lab. 

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Walk Kansas 5K, fun walk support Kansas State University cancer research May 5

Mar. 27, 2018

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

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Pink & Purple Polyester Party featured in spring 2018 Manhattan Magazine

Mar. 19, 2018

Read Manhattan Magazine's story about the Pink & Purple Polyester Party, which will be Fri., April 6, to support K-State cancer research. 

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K-State Cancer Researcher in Chemistry Department Receives Segebrecht Award

Mar. 9, 2018

Jun Li, professor of chemistry, has been selected to receive the Segebrecht Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for 2018. The honor includes $2,000 from the Ervin W. Segebrecht honorarium. The award, established in honor of Ervin W. Segebrecht, a 1938 graduate of Kansas State University, recognizes professors who provide inspiration and excellence in teaching. 

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Compound in red wine, chocolate prevents cancer research-relevant virus from replicating

Mar. 1, 2018

The secret to stopping some viruses from making people sick might be hidden in red wine and chocolate — but that doesn't mean having more bonbons and vino is in order, Kansas State University researchers say.

"Resveratrol is a small, natural compound in many plants like grapes, cocoa beans, peanuts and blueberries," said Shuai Cao, postdoctoral researcher studying the effects of resveratrol on viruses. "Our recent study found that high concentrations of resveratrol — higher than anything you may find in food naturally — prevent poxviruses from replicating in human cells."

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Seventh annual disco party to support Kansas State University cancer research April 6

Feb. 28, 2018

Dig out your polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes to disco for a cure at the seventh annual Pink and Purple Polyester Partypresented by CivicPlus at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the K-State Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Ave. The party benefits K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center.  

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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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