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K-State Cancer Research Week 

September 12-17, 2022

The Johnson Cancer Research Center is hosting the 2022 K-State Cancer Research Week on the Kansas State University Manhattan Campus. The Research Week is a week full of cancer research-related events to inform the public about the basic cancer research performed at K-State and fundraising events. The K-State Cancer Research Week will be held on September 12th-17th. The events will be held in the Manhattan area on campus and at local businesses in the surrounding area.

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Ride for a Cure charity motorcycle ride to raise money for K-State cancer research

June 23, 2022

Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to Ride for a Cure to raise money for cancer research and education at Kansas State University. The multi-week motorcycle riding challenge starts Aug. 1 and culminates in a celebration event Sept. 17.

Participants recruit sponsors and ride as much as possible between Aug. 1 and Sept. 17. Sponsors pledge their support by the mile or with a flat donation. The final celebration will be Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Midwest Dream Car Collection, 3007 Anderson Ave., Manhattan.

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Former K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson rallies support for university's cancer research

May 25, 2022

Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson's goal for his last year at Kansas State University was to finish on a high note — and not just in football. He wanted to positively impact people by supporting cancer research at the university he loves. 

In October 2021, Thompson and his family established the Thompson Family Cancer Research Fund for the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center in memory of his mother, Teresa Lynn Thompson, and grandfather, John Walter Thompson.

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Johnson Cancer Research Center presents $212,452 in student awards at annual banquet

May 13, 2022

The Johnson Cancer Research Center presented student Cancer Research Awards at its annual awards banquet April 22. Travel and heart research award recipients also were recognized at the banquet, along with the donors who made all the awards possible.

Fifty-two awards totaling $212,452 were provided to undergraduate and graduate students this academic year. The awardees performed cancer research in the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.

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'It's my whole life': Skylar Thompson hosts fundraiser in memory of mother, grandfather

April 25, 2022 - from K-State Collegian

K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson and his family partnered with Goolsby’s last weekend to host the fundraising event, “A Night With Skylar Thompson.”

Fans and donors bought tickets for dinner, drinks, live music and entertainment and participated in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the “Thompson Family Cancer Research Fund,” which supports K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center. Thompson’s mother and grandfather died of cancer when he was young. 

“It’s my whole life,” Thompson said. “Just being able to use the experiences and stuff that I’ve gone through, like losing my mom and just being able to honor her, which I try to do every day, but to be able to just take one day out and dedicate it to her and my grandfather means a whole lot.”

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Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight supports K-State cancer research, offers cancer screenings May 7

April 20, 2022

Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension, will hold its fifth annual Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk Saturday, May 7, to benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center. All are welcome to participate, not just Walk Kansas program participants. 

The event will take place outside the Johnson Cancer Research Center in Chalmers Hall at 1711 Claflin Road, Manhattan. Check-in will be from 7:45-8:45 a.m. The 5K and 1.5-mile fun walk will start at 9 a.m. The routes will take participants all around the beautiful K-State campus.

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Former QB Skylar Thompson partners with Goolsby's to raise money for K-State cancer research

April 15, 2022

Former K-State Quarterback Skylar Thompson is using his team mentality off the field to support cancer research at the university he loves.  

A Night With Skylar Thompson will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Goolsby's, 1212 Bluemont Ave., Ste. 130, in Manhattan. Proceeds will be donated to the Thompson Family Cancer Research Fund at K-State.

Tickets are $65, which provides two drinks, Cox Bros. BBQ buffet, live music and entertainment such as duckpin bowling and multi-sport simulators. Guests can also enjoy a meet-and-greet with Thompson and a silent auction. Information and registration are at goolsbysks.com/community.

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K-State biochemistry student presents cancer research at national meeting

April 7, 2022

A K-State student has presented his cancer research at a national meeting attended by some of the most respected scientists in his field.

Carson Gido, junior in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, Manhattan, gave the poster presentation "Structural Basis for Nanomolar-Affinity Inhibition of Neutrophil Serine Protease Activity by the S. aureus EAP Domain Protein, Eap1" at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting April 2-5 in Philadelphia.

Gido works with Brian Geisbrecht, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, studying a white blood cell enzyme that, when over-activated, can cause lung cancer and other lung diseases.

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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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