Kansas State University


Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter

Author: marcia

K-State Fighting for a Cure Day October 17


The second annual K-State ‘Fighting for a Cure’ Shirt Day will be Sat., Oct. 17! Join first lady of K-State Football Sharon Snyder and the Snyder family, university president and first lady Kirk & Noel Schulz, and many other Wildcats as they unite in wearing their shirts to the home football game and everywhere in celebration of K-State cancer research and survivors as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Get the shirt!  The shirts are $20 and available at our center or shipped from our webstore sponsored by N Zone. They are also at Varney’s, which is donating $5 per shirt to our center and has raised more than $6,000! More details are on our Fighting for a Cure Shirt webpage.

Spread the word!  Post pics on social media of you and your friends wearing the shirt and use the #HelpKStateFightCancer hashtag!

Thanks to everyone who bought shirts and wore them last Oct. 4! You helped raise $15,000 and lots of awareness to help K-State fight cancer! Check out our 2014 photo gallery!

Tailgate with us! We also invite you to cheer on the ‘Cats with us Oct. 17 at our Tailgate Party in Cat Town! Follow the link for info.

Kudos: Patent for cancer detection test, $1.85M NIH grant, and more

Bossmann & Troyer CrewPatent awarded to K-State preclinical cancer detection test

A U.S. patent has been awarded to a Kansas State University technology that quickly detects the early stages of cancer before physical symptoms ever appear.

Stefan H. Bossmann, professor of chemistry; Deryl L. Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology; and Matthew Basel, postdoctoral fellow in anatomy and physiology, developed a nanoplatform technology to detect human cancer cells and tumors in the beginning stages.  read more

$1.85M NIH grant funds study of virus interaction with the immune system

Stefan Rothenburg, assistant professor of biology, was recently awarded more than $1.85 million from the National Institutes of Health for his work studying viruses that have the potential to be the next smallpox as well as an effective weapon against cancer. read more

Moderate exercise may make cancer treatments more effective

K-State kinesiology department research offers encouraging information for cancer patients: A brisk walk or a slow jog on a regular basis may be the key to improved cancer treatments.

Brad Behnke, associate professor of exercise physiology, and collaborators have shown that moderate exercise on a regular basis enhances tumor oxygenation, which may improve treatments in cancer patients. Now, Behnke is using a $750,000 American Cancer Society grant to study moderate exercise as a way to make radiation treatments more effective, especially for difficult-to-treat tumors.  read more

Patented compound kills various human pathogenic fungi, may improve human health

A now-patented substance from two K-State researchers may be an all-purpose solution for stopping fungus.

Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, and Duy Hua, university distinguished professor of chemistry, received a U.S. patent for their invention “Sesquiterpenes for Antifungal Applications.”  read more

Michael Kanost elected 2015 Entomological Society of America fellow

Michael Kanost, university distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and an ancillary professor of entomology, has been named a 2015 Entomological Society of America, or ESA, fellow. Election as a fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology research, teaching, extension or administration. read more

Roman Ganta was invited to speak March 26 in the Distinguished Scientist Series at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. His seminar was titled, “Ehrlichia chaffeensis Mutagenesis to Identify Genes Critical for Persistent Infection and Vaccine Development.”  –April 2015 Lifelines, news from College of Veterinary Medicine


Upcoming Events: Golf Tournament, Tailgate Party and more

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Our 6th annual Pink Power Luncheon will be Oct. 2. The guest presentation will be “Not Your Grandmother’s Mastectomy: Journey of a ‘Previvor'” by Jacque Groves, a local nurse who had a prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy after learning through genetic counseling that she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. This event is full, but you can get on the waiting list by emailing Marcia Locke at marcia@ksu.edu.

The 18th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament will be at 1 p.m., Oct. 16, at Colbert Hills. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Rob was a K-State graduate in pre-dentistry who passed away from cancer at age 26. The tournament is hosted by his family.



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Tailgate without the work! Come to our Tailgate Party in Cat Town Oct. 17.


Men's Fighting for a Cure Shirt

Wear your ‘Fighting for a Cure’ Shirt Sat., Oct. 17 to the home football game, or anywhere, in celebration of K-State cancer research and survivors as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Proceeds from shirt sales support cancer research and education at K-State.

The Coach Bill Snyder & Sunny 102.5 Wildcat Challenge to Tackle Cancer takes place throughout football season.

Other activities include our fall award application deadline of Oct. 1 and our Advisory Council meeting Oct. 9. Events are listed on our Upcoming Events webpage.

Polyester Party and Pink Rodeo raised almost $20,000!

You could feel the grooviness in the air at the Pink & Purple Polyester Party April 10. About 200 party-goers, decked out in pink, purple and retro attire, filled the Houston Street Ballroom in support of K-State cancer research! They boogied down to live music from Disco Dick & the Mirrorballs, cheered on costume contest participants, and stuffed cash into blinged-out bras created by local businesses and modeled by good-natured K-State students! (Della Voce’s bra, with its martini glass bra-cups, won first place.)

The party raised $13,120! We extend big thanks to the wonderful planning committee, party founder and emcee Dave Lewis, major sponsor CivicPlus and the other sponsors, and all the party-goers and other supporters. It was a truly unique and fun party! You can view photos on our Facebook.

We think next year’s party will be even more dy-no-mite! It is tentatively set for Fri., April 15, 2016!

Drill Team

The 9th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo and Spaghetti Dinner raised $6,720 this year! We thank the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and its “pink committee,” as well as major sponsors Women’s Health Group and Cox Bros. BBQ, and all the other sponsors and event attendees!

2015 Conquest magazine showcases K-State cancer research

FINAL.pdfOur annual magazine, Conquest, went out late spring. It showcases multidisciplinary cancer research being conducted by K-State faculty and students. The 2015 Conquest features Drs. Brad Behnke, kinesiology; Susan Brown, biology; and Ric Rosenkranz, human nutrition; as well as K-State human nutrition alum Josh Umbehr, ’03; purple-bleeding retired Air Force Reserves Maj. Gen. Harvey McCarter, ’56; and Susan Whitaker, a young cancer survivor and graduate student in biochemistry and molecular biophysics.

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Cancer documentary screening and community resource fair March 28

Cancer Documentary Screening Event FlierWe will host a preview screening of the major PBS documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” at 2-4 p.m. Sat., March 28, in the Manhattan Public Library auditorium. The event, cosponsored by KTWU PBS, Topeka, will begin with an informational fair featuring local organizations (listed below), followed by the one-hour film preview. The public is invited, admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The documentary, produced by preeminent filmmaker Ken Burns, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The three-part film will air on PBS March 30, 31 and April 1.

“The documentary examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series weaves…a historical documentary, an engrossing and intimate vérité film, and a scientific and investigative report.PBS

Mercy Regional Health Center – advanced directives and palliative care
North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging – caregiving and NCFHAAA services
Manhattan Homecare & Hospice
Riley County Health Department – cancer screening tests
KDHE’s Early Detection Works – free breast and cervical cancer screening tests
Midwest Cancer Alliance – skin damage detection using Dermascan
American Cancer Society – supportive programs for cancer survivors
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. – HPV vaccination
Johnson Cancer Research Center – K-State cancer research and outreach

Pink & Purple Polyester Party April 10

SpectacularGuestsByJ&CImgagingCROPFri., April 10, 2015 ~ 7 p.m.
Houston Street Ballroom
Manhattan, Kansas

Dig out your polyester bell bottoms and platform shoes, grab your friends, and boogie down with Kansas City band Disco Dick & the Mirrorballs at the Pink & Purple Polyester Party, presented by CivicPlus, on April 10!

Play crazy games, vote for your favorite blinged-out bra in the Off the Hook bra art contest between local businesses, and enjoy tasty treats, a cash bar and a fun photo booth…all while helping K-State fight cancer!

Register now! Registration is requested by April 3, but late registrations and walk-ins are welcome. Visit our website for information or register online now.

‘Like’ the Pink & Purple Polyester Party Facebook page for updates on entertainment, prizes, auction items and sponsors. Use hashtag #PolyesterParty whenever you post about it on Facebook or Twitter.

We are very grateful to the planning committee: Dave Lewis, public address announcer for K-State Football and Men’s Basketball and owner of Dave Lewis Entertainment; Dr. Thad & Shannon Schneider, Flint Hills Pain Management; John & Cindy La Barge, J & C Imaging; Bobbi French, G. Thomas Jewelers; Patrick Lee, N Zone; and Arrica Wallace.

We thank all our sponsors, including these major sponsors: CivicPlus, Briggs Auto Group and Kansas State Federal Credit Union!


Kudos: Advising China and more

Stefan BossmannChina names Bossmann international expert, cancer research adviser

China is honoring Dr. Stefan Bossmann, chemistry, and enlisting his expertise through a research appointment. He’s been awarded the title of Highest Honored International Expert by scientific advisers to the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. This summer, he will advise the Chinese authorities on early cancer detection methods.

read full K-State news release



IMG_0631cropshrunkResearchers find ‘affinity switch’ for proteasome assembly process

Dr. Jeroen Roelofs, biology, and team are uncovering how a specific “molecular machine” inside cells–the proteasome–is assembled. Understanding this process may present new drug target sites and lead to better cancer treatments.

read full K-State news release



cra14-15Good luck to our undergraduate Cancer Research Awardees this semester! We look forward to honoring them at our annual awards banquet March 27.


Zheng Zhao receives award
Zheng Zhao receives K-INBRE Outstanding Poster award

Of the six K-State students who earned honors at the annual Kansas INBRE Bioscience Symposium, five were our Cancer Research Awardees. Congratulations to Amanda Bradley, Erika Peters, Adam Schieferecke, Katherine Sensenich and Zheng Zhao!

Zhao, senior in biological & agricultural engineering (K-State Olathe), earned the Outstanding Poster Presentation award. He studies ovarian cancer-derived exosomes using a novel microfluidic platform. His mentor is Dr. Mei Heread more



Two K-State student cancer researchers were selected to present at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Cancer Research Awardee Raquel Ortega and Yubisela Toledo, sophomores in chemistry mentored by Dr. Stefan Bossmann, co-presented “Studying the Protease Expression of Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”  read more


Nominated for Goldwater Scholarships were Lauren Komer, biology, one of our June Hull Sherrid Scholarship recipients, and Katherine Johnson, a microbiology student mentored by Dr. Brad Olsonread more



Pet Cancer Case Study from Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Newsletter

Ocular lymphoma: A case study by Jamie Henningson, DVM, PhD, DACVP
A globe from a 12-year-old Chihauhau with a three-week history of a cloudy eye and corneal ulcer was submitted to the KSVDL. On examination of the globe, the ciliary body and adjacent choroid were expanded by sheets of monomorphic round cells (Figure 1) consistent with neoplastic lymphocytes.

Immunohistochemistry was performed for B and T cell markers and the neoplastic cells were positive for B cell lymphoma (Figure 2). This animal had no enlarged lymph nodes or signs of illness.

Primary ocular lymphoma in dogs is rare and is primarily part of multicentric lymphoma. In cats, lymphoma is the second most common intraocular neoplasm and is usually part of the systemic disease process. However, ocular disease is often the presenting complaint and may precede signs of systemic involvement.  read more from “Diagnostic Insights” newsletter (pg. 2)

JCRC Council member Bob Kinders named Alumni Fellow

RobertKinders2014CropOur longtime advisory council member Dr. Robert (Bob) Kinders will be named a 2015 Alumni Fellow in April. Dr. Kinders earned his Ph.D. in biology at K-State in 1981 and was a student of our center’s founder, the late Dr. Terry C. Johnson.

Dr. Kinders is senior principal scientist at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, Md., where he leads the pharmacodynamics section in the laboratory of human toxicology and pharmacology. His section develops technologies for measuring drug efficacy at the molecular level, particularly in new drug trials in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, NCI Clinical Trials network.

The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Deans Council, the President’s Office and the K-State Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers.

Dr. Kinders is expected to visit campus and give some talks on April 15 and 16. Watch our website, Facebook and Twitter for more details.

All Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for Tough Enough to Wear Pink! The Spaghetti Dinner will be July 12 and the Rodeo will be July 24.

Full list of upcoming events

March 27, 2015 – Undergraduate Cancer Research Awards Banquet

March 28, 2015 – Advisory Council Spring Meeting

March 28, 2015 – PBS Cancer Documentary Screening and Resource Fair, with KTWU 11, previewing Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

April 10, 2015 – Pink & Purple Polyester Party

April 15, 2015 – K-State Alumni Fellow and JCRC advisory council member Dr. Bob Kinders to present biology seminar (details coming soon)

July 12, 2015 – Tough Enough to Wear Pink Spaghetti Dinner

July 24, 2015 – Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo

October 1, 2015 – Fall Award Applications due

Oct. 17, 2015 – ‘Fighting for a Cure’ Shirt Day & Tailgate Party