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Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter

Category: 2015 Fall

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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