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K-State launches Cancer Research Collaboration of Excellence in Tumor Microenvironment Studies

Dec. 14, 2021

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has launched a Cancer Research Collaboration of Excellence in Tumor Microenvironment Studies. The multidisciplinary collaboration will examine how environmental conditions within tumors impact their development, growth and aggressiveness, and apply the findings to improve cancer therapies.

The collaboration is made possible with a two-year, $100,000 award from the cancer research center. Brad Behnke, professor of kinesiology and associate dean of research and graduate studies for the College of Health and Human Sciences, leads the collaboration. The members are investigating changes in the tumor microenvironment due to exposure to different levels of radiation, oxygen pressures and vitamin D.

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Johnson Cancer Research Center selects 27 students for research training awards

Dec. 10, 2021

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 27 undergraduate students for its Cancer Research Award program, which provides faculty-mentored research training and monetary awards.

The program encourages students to get involved in research early on and consider careers in cancer research and medicine. Any undergraduate interested in doing cancer-relevant research is eligible to apply, including non-STEM majors. Awardees receive $1,500 and faculty mentors receive $1,000 per student for research expenses. The funding allows students to devote more time to research and less to non-academic jobs. 

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Join in the Fighting for a Cure Tailgate Party this Saturday

Oct. 15, 2021

Tailgate with the College of Arts and Sciences and Johnson Cancer Research Center as they celebrate K-State's eighth annual Fighting for a Cure Day Oct. 16. The tailgate party will be at 4:30 p.m., two hours before the Wildcats take on Iowa State.

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Eighth annual Fighting for a Cure Day Oct. 16

Aug. 25, 2021

Celebrate Kansas State University's fight against cancer with a Fighting for a Cure shirt, and wear it to the home football game, or anywhere, Saturday, Oct. 16, for the eighth annual Fighting for a Cure Day.

Join Bill Snyder, K-State'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 in celebrating K-State's fight against cancer with a Fighting for a Cure shirt, honoring the K-State family's cancer survivors and researchers.

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K-State engineering team leads study to improve cancer immunotherapy treatment

Aug. 4, 2021

Immunotherapy can leverage the body's immune system to fight cancer. Although excellent responses have been observed in some patients, many do not benefit. Punit Prakash, in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received NSF funding to study the monitoring of cancerous tumors' immune states in order to assess immunotherapy interventions to fight tumors.

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K-State professor listed in top 0.01% of world's scholars studying muscle

July 28, 2021

David C. Poole, university distingued professor in the departments of kinesiology and anatomy & physiology, has been listed in the top 0.01% of scholars writing about muscles by expertscape.com. This ranking acknowledges his novel research and discovery and recognizes him as a world-renowned expert. 

Poole's discoveries have helped define how oxygen is transported from the lungs to be used by mitochondria to power muscles. His observations have driven a paradigm shift in the understanding of how muscle capillaries function, and advanced novel therapeutics for heart failure.

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Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 17 to support K-State cancer research

July 28, 2021

Golfers are invited to help K-State fight cancer at the 23rd annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 17. Proceeds will support the Johnson Cancer Research Center.

The tournament honors Rob Regier, a 1988 K-State pre-dentistry graduate 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 Regier family has raised more than $383,400 for K-State cancer research and education.

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Medical laboratory science student receives national scholarship

July 21, 2021

Adara Warner, senior in microbiology and medical laboratory science, was selected to receive the Alpha Mu Tau professional fraternity's Watson Scholarship for undergraduate students in medical laboratory science.

Only 18 students were selected nationwide. The mission of Alpha Mu Tau is to recognize those who have made outstanding professional contributions to the field of clinical laboratory science and to provide scholarships for educational endeavors.

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K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center awards nearly $416,000 for cancer research and education

July 6, 2021

Thanks to its supporters, the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University was able to direct $415,939 to cancer research and education programs and students this past year.

Private donations to the center provide hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for innovative cancer research, laboratory equipment, support of student researchers, and more.

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Fourteen Kansas State University graduate students receive cancer research awards totaling $95,439

April 30, 2021

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 14 graduate students to receive Cancer Research Awards to support their summer research endeavors.

Graduate Cancer Research Awards are made on a competitive basis to provide outstanding graduate students the opportunity to conduct their cancer research and publishing full-time during the summer without the interruption of classes.

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K-State cancer researcher Brad Behnke named associate dean for research and graduate studies for College of Health and Human Sciences

March 3, 2021

Brad Behnke, professor of physiology in the kinesiology department and a member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center, has been named the associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Health and Human Sciences. Behnke brings years of research experience to the position from multiple institutions. He studies cardiovascular function as it relates to aging, muscle disuse and cancer, and applies novel interventions to increase the efficacy of clinical treatments like radiation or chemotherapy. 

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Jean Bridges retires after 21 years

Dec. 21, 2020

After 21 years of service at K-State, Jean Bridges is retiring as an office specialist at the Johnson Cancer Research Center.

Bridges joined the center in 2002 after two years at the Eisenhower Hall Copy Center. Her last day on campus will be Dec. 23.

Bridges has shown great dedication to the Johnson Cancer Research Center, eagerly helping however needed while also carrying out her main duties of managing its internal database, processing thank-you letters, answering the phone, and assisting with event coordination and maintenance of the facility, supplies and materials. She is talented in hospitality and took good care of many center guests and supporters. She is known to many as friendly, jovial and full of jokes.

The center would like to recognize Bridges' 21 years of service to K-State and her commitment to the cancer research center. Colleagues and friends are invited to send farewell emails or cards to jbridges@k-state.edu or the Johnson Cancer Research Center, 1 Chalmers Hall, 1711 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS, 66506-3901.


Johnson Cancer Research Center selects 22 students for research training awards

Dec. 7, 2020

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 22 students to participate in its undergraduate research mentoring and award program.

The Cancer Research Award program promotes undergraduate student participation in laboratory research. It encourages 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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Biology faculty members earn NSF award to study cell movement during development

Nov. 10, 2020

Jocelyn McDonald, associate professor in biology, received a $938,885 award from the National Science Foundation to support her research on the "Coordination of collective cell migration in complex tissues." Brad Olson, assoc. prof. in biology, is a co-principal investigator. The award will also support workshops for junior and senior high school girls to learn about nature and science, and engineering students to design and make a device to alter tissues and study the impact on cell movement. 

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K-State radon expert honored with lifetime achievement award

Nov. 10, 2020

Bruce Snead, director of Engineering Extension in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Mentorship from the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists. 

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Virtual Pink Power Luncheon to feature four-time cancer survivor and entrepreneur Oct. 23

Oct. 7, 2020

The 11th annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness, co-sponsored by Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center and Susan G. Komen Kansas and Western Missouri, will be presented via Zoom at noon Friday, Oct. 23. The public is invited to this free event. A Zoom account is not required, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. 

Although this year's Pink Power Luncheon cannot include an in-person gathering for lunch because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will still offer an inspirational keynote speaker, breast health and cancer information, an opportunity for pink camaraderie and prizes.

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Join the fight against cancer: Seventh annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Day Oct. 24

Sept. 14, 2020

Celebrate Kansas State University's fight against cancer with a Fighting for a Cure shirt, and wear it to the home football game, or anywhere, Saturday, Oct. 24, for the seventh annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Day. Sweatshirts are a new option this year.

Fighting for a Cure shirts raise funds and awareness for the Johnson Cancer Research Center, which supports and advances cancer research and education at Kansas State University. Since 2014, shirt sales have raised around $50,000.

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Johnson Cancer Research Center provides nearly $600,000 for research, education

June 3, 2020

Private donations helped the Johnson Cancer Research Center award $585,832 to support cancer research and training at Kansas State University in fiscal year 2020.  

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K-State researcher develops cell-based MRI contrast agent for efficient cancer diagnosis

May 14, 2020

Santosh Aryal, assistant professor of chemistry, and team have developed a cell-based magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, contrast agent that can efficiently light up a tumor area, providing crucial diagnostic information for cancer therapy, more safely than the currently used agent that's based on gadolinium metal. Chemistry graduate student Sagar Rayamajhi was lead author on the study published in two Royal Society of Chemistry journals.  

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Biologist receives national funding for cervical cancer research

May 7, 2020

More than half a million cervical cancers are diagnosed worldwide each year. Although most of them can be treated effectively with a drug called Cisplatin, some are resistant to it. Nicholas Wallace, assistant professor in biology, has received a $454,466 National Cancer Institute grant to study Cisplatin-resistant cervical cancers.

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Johnson Cancer Research Center presents virtual awards banquet to recognize students, donors

April 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johnson Cancer Research Center had to cancel its annual Cancer Research Award Banquet, originally scheduled for April 17. As an alternative, the center created the Virtual 2020 Cancer Research Award Banquet on its website, to recognize the student awardees, their faculty mentors and the donors who make the awards possible. 

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Veterinary researcher receives $1.58 million NIH grant to explore pathway for better cancer therapies

April 16, 2020

New research at K-State could lead to innovative therapies for treating cancer and other human disorders. Jianzhong Yu, an assistant professor in anatomy & physiology, recently received a $1,580,922 National Institutes of Health grant to uncover how an evolutionary pathway may affect tumor development and cancer.

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New research improves understanding of nanomedicine for cancer treatment

March 17, 2020

A study by K-State researchers Yi-Hsien Cheng and Zhoumeng Lin, postdoctoral researcher and assistant professor, respectively, in anatomy and physiology, reports current progress and limitations of nanoparticle-based drug formulations to treat cancer. The study, "Meta-analysis of nanoparticle delivery to tumors using a physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation approach," was published in the journal ACS Nano (American Chemical Society). 

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Zebrafish brain researcher receives $1.35M grant

Jan. 29, 2020

Thomas Mueller, research assistant professor in the Division of Biology, and collaborators received a $1.35 million grant for the interdisciplinary research project "Navigating the Waters — A Neural Systems Approach to Spatial Cognition in Fish." Mueller's research is relevant to Central Nervous System cancers.

The prestigious Human Frontier Science Program grant promotes international collaborations with complementary expertise and multi-perspective approaches. Mueller, an expert in comparative neuroscience of fishes, is working with labs at the University of Bielefeld, Oxford University and Ben-Gurion University. 

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