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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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Annelise Nguyen to serve as associate director of Johnson Cancer Research Center

Jan. 6, 2020

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State announces the appointment of Annelise Nguyen, assoc. prof. of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, as its new associate director, starting Jan. 13. She succeeds Mark Weiss, prof. of anatomy and physiology.

Nguyen has extensive experience in breast cancer research and has been a member of her department's toxicology group since 2004 and a research affiliate of the Johnson Cancer Research Center since 2005. She investigates the efficacy of anticancer drugs and has expertise in preclinical data of toxicological studies and in intellectual property for anticancer drugs.

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Undergraduate Students selected to join cancer research teams

Dec. 13, 2019

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 42 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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Retirement and farewell reception for Keith Chapes Dec. 12

Dec. 5, 2019

The Johnson Cancer Research Center will host a retirement and farewell reception for S. Keith Chapes, interim director of the center and professor of biology, at 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the center, 1 Chalmers Hall. A short program will take place at 4:15 p.m. 

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Dr. Sherry Fleming to serve as Johnson Cancer Research Center director

Nov. 22, 2019

The College of Arts and Sciences announces Dr. Sherry Fleming, biology, as the new director of the Johnson Cancer Research Center. 

Fleming received her bachelor's and master's degrees in microbiology at Kansas State University and her doctorate in immunology from the University of Colorado Health Science. Her research career began as an undergraduate at K-State when she was awarded a Cancer Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center.

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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

May 22, 2019

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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