KU and K-State Team Up on Cancer Research

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The leader of the University of Kansas leader stepped onto the purple soil of Kansas State University Thursday.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway was actually visiting Manhattan to speak with members of their Rotary Club.

The topic was his university working with Kansas State on the Midwest Cancer Alliance Partners Advisory Board. Kansas State University is also a member of the board, which was created as a way for all of the important health care and life science institutions throughout the state and region to have a "seat at the table" in the effort to bring National Cancer Institute designation for a comprehensive cancer center to the KU Medical Center.

"Part of our effort to earn an NCI designation for the cancer center involves creating a collaborative model of health care providers and researchers to work together to help bring the advanced treatments that come with achieving this designation, to patients throughout Kansas," Hemenway said. "We're happy to have Kansas State University be an important part of that effort."

Hemenway said, "I think probably the thing we're most excited about is the way that KU and K-State have come together to build a program in Johnson County called the research triangle program where we can find KU and K-State working side by side in research."

Robert Hemenway also said KU supports Kansas State's efforts to attract a new national bio-defense lab. Kansas is competing with four other states for the $451 million lab. A decision is expected later this year.

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