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.
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
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
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, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tailgate without the work! Come to our Tailgate Party in Cat Town Oct. 17.
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.
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!
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!
Our 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.
We 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 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
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.
China 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.
Researchers 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.
Good luck to our undergraduate Cancer Research Awardees this semester! We look forward to honoring them at our annual awards banquet March 27.
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 He. read 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 Olson. read more
Pet Cancer Case Study from Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Newsletter
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)
Our 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.