The 2019 Conquestmagazine is hot off the press, with brief, easy-to-read stories that showcase some of the excellent cancer research happening at Kansas State University. We also chat with Coach Bill Snyder, a member of our advisory council, about facing cancer and supporting research. view Conquest 2019
Stefan Bossmann, chemistry, has been named a University Distinguished Professor, K-State’s highest faculty ranking, awarded to only two professors per year. read more
David Poole, kinesiology and anatomy & physiology, will serve as K-State’s 2019-2020 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars. read more
Bruce Snead, director of K-State’s National Radon Program Services, contributed to this Healthline article about radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soil, and the second leading cause of lung cancer.
S. Keith Chapes, biology, and team sent 40 mice to the International Space Station April 17 for immune system research. read more
K-State’s 2018-2019 undergraduate cancer researchers were honored at our annual Cancer Research Award Banquet April 12. Also recognized were the students’ mentors and parents, and the donors who make the awards possible. Photos of the banquet will be published on our Facebook page soon. See full list of our 2018-2019 Cancer Research Awardees.
Current and former undergraduate Cancer Research Awardees Emily Wessel, Gabrielle Phillips, Haley Smalley, Seth Peery and Molly Bassette received honors at the K-INBRE Symposium in January! K-INBRE stands for Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. IDeA stands for Institutional Development Award, a program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. read more
Obdulia Covarrubias Zambrano, doctoral student in chemistry working with Stefan Bossmann, received statewide recognition for her cancer research at the 16th Capitol Graduate Research Summit Feb. 27 at the State Capitol in Topeka. Her research focuses on the development of a nanobiosensor for early pancreatic cancer detection by means of a simple blood test. read more
ADVISORY COUNCIL SPOTLIGHT
Longtime friend and advisory council member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center Jim Haymaker will be awarded an honorary doctorate from K-State in May. read more
The Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus April 5 was a great success! Retro-costumed partiers danced the night away to live music from Disco Dick & the Mirrorballs, voted on their favorite bra in the Off the Hook bra art contest, and enjoyed scrumptious food and drinks. Moreover, the party raised about $10,000 for K-State cancer research! view photos
The Pink Up the Pace 5K & 1-Mile Honor Walk in downtown Manhattan Sat., April 13, was a great success! Our thanks to Downtown Manhattan, Inc., and all the sponsors and participants! The event raised $1,750 for K-State cancer research! view photos
The Pearce-Keller American Legion #17 Auxiliary hosted a Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser, which raised an impressive $4,575!
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.
Pancreatic cancer is the third-deadliest cancer in the U.S. Most pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late due to the absence of symptoms. Only 1 percent of people diagnosed at stage IV live another five years.
“Sadly, pancreatic cancer survival rates have remained unchanged in the past decade,” Bossmann said. “New strategies for detection and treatment are urgently needed.”
A major goal of the center is to make earlier detection possible by developing inexpensive liquid biopsy methods that enable frequent and routine testing for onset or recurrence of pancreatic cancer.
A second goal is to develop new drug therapies using cutting-edge chemical synthesis and characterization methods, expert nanotechnology, state-of-the-art in-vitro experimentation and ultra-high-field MRI methods.
Sherry Fleming, biology, received a Department of Defense grant to study how hormones affect males’ and females’ survival of trauma. read more
Raelene Wouda, clinical sciences, received a BioNexus KC and Hall Family Foundation Nexus of Human and Animal Health Research Grant for her collaborative work to create a “universal” cancer vaccination approach by overcoming stumbling blocks to immunotherapy. read more
Xiuzhi “Susan” Sun, grain science and industry, named fellow of National Academy of Inventors in recognition of her prolific spirit of innovation and the impact of her work. read more
Tuyen Nguyen, a doctoral candidate in chemistry (in Sept. 2018) working with Dr. Santosh Aryal at the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State, received a first place award in her oral presentation entitled “Cell Membrane Disguised Nanoparticle with Tumor Targeting Motifs” at the UNMC Biopharmaceutical Research and Development Symposium. read more
Yu Shin Wang, senior in animal science & industry working with Dr. Zhoumeng Lin in anatomy & physiology, received the outstanding poster presentation award in the Central States Society of Toxicology annual meeting in Oct. read more
Obdulia Covarrubias Zambrano, doctoral student in chemistry working with Dr. Stefan Bossmann, was among the 10 students selected to represent K-State at the 16th Capitol Graduate Research Summit Feb. 26, 2019, in Topeka. Her presentation is titled “Liquid biopsy: The simplest technique for pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer detection.” read more
Vaithish Velazhahan, 2018 graduate in microbiology, medical biochemistry and pre-medicine who worked with Dr. Kathrin Schrick in biology, received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and is now pursuing his PhD in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University in England.
JCRC awarded $175,709 in Fall 2018!
Thanks to our generous supporters, we were able to invest $175,709 in K-State cancer research and education last fall! In addition to the $50,000 we provided for the new Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research, we also gave $125,709 in competitive awards to K-State cancer research faculty and students. Our awards advance K-State’s most promising research projects and help train the next generation of scientists. They are offered each semester. Spring award applications are due March 1.
Breakfast with Komen founder Nancy Brinker Oct. 30
The Johnson Cancer Research Center was honored to host a breakfast Oct. 30 for Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization and former U.S. ambassador. Ms. Brinker chatted with K-State cancer research faculty and students about their research, shared her thoughts and vision related to cancer research and health care, and encouraged us to continue to fight cancer through science and education.
Ms. Brinker was at K-State to give the keynote presentation for the Women of K-State Luncheon and Wellness Panel. She gave an inspirational talk about service, leadership and hope.
9th Annual Pink Power Luncheon Oct. 23
About 180 people attended our Pink Power Luncheon Oct. 23. Our guest speaker was Anne O’Dea, assistant professor and medical director for breast cancer survivorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She presented, “Updates in Breast Cancer Risk, Screening and Treatment: Where Do I Fit In?” This free, special event for the community offers lunch, health information, exhibits on local resources and door prizes. It is co-sponsored by Susan G. Komen Kansas & Western Missouri. view photos
We can’t fight cancer alone. We thank our supporters for making it possible for us to pursue our vision to conquer cancer in our lifetime. Big thanks to all the sponsors and supporters of the recent fundraisers listed below!
Please consider supporting K-State cancer research and education. You can give online here or learn more about supporting our center here.
Beta Boo on Halloween Beta Theta Pi fraternity hosted a haunted house and raised $1,600!
MHK Girls Pint Out
This group of beer fans gets together monthly and dedicates each gathering to a Manhattan-area cause. In October, they chose the JCRC and donated $150!
Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament
The Regier family, Overland Park, hosted their 21st annual tournament Oct. 12 at Colbert Hills. It was dedicated in loving memory of Les Regier, Rob’s father, who passed away from cancer in February 2018. Thanks to many generous sponsors and supporters, it raised $36,200!
Manhattan High School Volleyball Pink Night
The team hosted a pink night in memory of Coach Ray Kujawa and sold shirts to raise money for cancer research. They donated $250!
Mason’s Wish Mason Wolfe, Colorado, and her family, along with Western States Fire Protection, raised $24,100 for K-State cancer research! Mason started raising money for us about 10 years ago by selling candles and other items, and later added a golf tournament with Western States Fire Protection. They’ve raised more than $124,000 over the years!
In November, Tallgrass Tap House, Manhattan, crafted a special beer called Movembeer to celebrate “Movember,” or “No-Shave November,” a movement in which men grow out their facial hair to promote men’s health and cancer awareness. They donated 30% of proceeds, totaling $2,180!
New Beginnings Hairstyling annual pink fundraiser
The generous ladies of this Manhattan salon held another breast cancer awareness fundraiser raffle for us in October and donated $175!
Smoky Valley Chiropractic annual fundraiser in Lindsborg, Kan.
Darrel Loder, a chiropractor in Lindsborg, was a student of the late Dr. Terry Johnson, our center’s founding director and namesake. Dr. Loder and his staff dedicate a special day each year to raise cancer awareness and funds for our center. With their patients’ support, they gave $1,270 this year!
Our thanks to everyone who bought Fighting for a Cure shirts to raise awareness and funds for K-State cancer research! Nearly $9,500 was raised in 2018! The associated matching gift campaign, made possible by an anonymous donor, raised another $21,700! Thank you, supporters!
The Johnson Cancer Research Center was pleased to collaborate with K-State Research and Extension to produce a brochure that guides consumers in choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables that help lower cancer risk and promote long-term health.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines urge all Americans to “consume a healthy eating pattern” that includes a variety of plant foods of all subgroups. Research suggests that diets rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains may offer protection against cancer and other diseases.
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 K-State in 1973. 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. He served as director of the JCRC from 2003 to 2016.
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 cancer research center was especially meaningful to Denell. Moreover, his impact was profound. He helped the young center mature and thrive, seeing impressive growth of its faculty and endowment.
On Oct. 13, wear your Fighting for a Cure shirt to the football game or anywhere in honor of the K-State Family’s cancer survivors and researchers. Cheer on the ‘Cats with us at our Tailgate Party in Cat Town and enjoy the Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band’s special halftime salute.