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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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