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Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter

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