Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute: Advancing Regional Life Sciences
KCALSI At A Glance: Updates on significant life science activities in the Kansas City region

August 2014

The 2014 World's Most Influential Scientific Minds Include Some of Kansas City's Life Science Leaders

Who are some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time? Two of them reside right here in Kansas City according to Thompson Rueters: David Cohen MD., MSc, and John Spertus, MD, MPH, FACC, with St. Luke's Health System and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Also in this report is Kansas State University's Dr. Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, and Dr. Townsend Peterson from the University of Kansas appears in the environment/ecology section.  Read more »

Missouri Research Consortium Receives $20 Million Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Impacts of Climate Variability

The University of Missouri and the University of Missouri Kansas City are part of a state-wide collaborative research project that was awarded a five year, $20 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). “The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community” project received funding from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a program to support fundamental research, education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and workforce development in areas relevant to the economy. Read more »

KU School of Medicine Approved for $2 Million Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

A research team at the University of Kansas School of Medicine has been approved for a $2 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to address tobacco use among African-Americans who do not smoke on a daily basis. The study is one of 33 proposals PCORI approved for funding on July 29 to advance the field of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) and provide patients, health care providers and other clinical decision makers with information that will help them make better-informed choices. Read more » 

Three KC Animal Health Companies You Should Know About

Animal health companies, executives and investors converged the last week in August in Kansas City for the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor’s annual industry event. Read more »

Nanotax Trial Shows Promise in Treating Abdominal Cancers

A repurposed drug originally used to treat ovarian cancer saw positive results for patients with advanced peritoneal cancers during a phase I clinical trial at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. The drug, known under the brand name Nanotax, is a fine particle reformulation of paclitaxel, the standard treatment for ovarian cancer. The drug was developed by Lawrence-based CritiTech, and the drug-testing and phase I clinical trial were conducted by KU Cancer Center researchers, led by Stephen Williamson, M.D., medical director of Cancer Clinical Trials. Read more »

Research Offers Insight into Cellular Biology of Colorectal Cancer

A study recently published in the journal Carcinogenesis by researchers at the University of Kansas shows a new role for the protein adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) in suppressing colorectal cancer — the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Read more »

Kanter Appointed Dean of School of Medicine: Career Physician-Educator Brings Strong Foundation in Medical Informatics

Steven L. Kanter, M.D., has been appointed dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Kanter comes to UMKC from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, where he has been on faculty since 1991 and Vice Dean since 2002. Read more »

Leading ALS Researcher Joins the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) announces the appointment of Jingsong Zhou, Ph.D., as a research investigator and professor of physiology in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zhou is an internationally renowned researcher and an important addition to KCUMB’s growing research efforts. KCUMB recently made a strategic shift to focus on advancing the scientific exploration of biomedical and translational research. Read more »

Truman Medical Center Adds Steps to Encourage Breastfeeding

Breast is best for baby and mother, so metro hospitals are doing more to encourage breastfeeding. Truman Medical Center is close to becoming the first in the metro to be recognized by the World Health Organization. Read more »

K-State Issued Patent for Alleviating Pain in Cattle

A U.S. patent was recently awarded for technology created by researchers at Kansas State University that improves the health and welfare of beef cattle and other ruminant animals suffering from lameness and following castration, dehorning and other painful but necessary management procedures. Read more »

Researcher Using Next-Generation Sequencing to Rapidly Identify Pathogens

A Kansas State University researcher is studying porcine enterovirus G, an important disease in the swine industry. Read more »

Julie Nagel to lead KU Innovation and Collaboration

Julie Nagel, executive director of corporate partnerships with KU Innovation and Collaboration — or KUIC — has been named interim associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Kansas. She will also serve as interim president of KUIC, the university’s technology commercialization office. Read more »

MU Researchers Find Boron Facilitates Stem Cell Growth and Development in Corn

Boron deficiency is one of the most widespread causes of reduced crop yield. Missouri and the eastern half of the United States are plagued by boron deficient soil and, often, corn and soybean farmers are required to supplement their soil with boron; however, little is known about the ways in which corn plants utilize the essential nutrient. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that boron plays an integral role in development and reproduction in corn plants. Scientists anticipate that understanding how corn uses the nutrient can help farmers make informed decisions in boron deficient areas and improve crop yields. Read more »

Vice President of Children’s Mercy South Hospital and Regional Medical Practices, Marshaun Butler to receive Athena Award

Butler is an active volunteer with nonprofit groups including Mattie Rhodes, Swope Ridge Geriatric Center and the Johnson County Community College Foundation. She is named in Who’s Who in Black Kansas City and was a member of the chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program. Athena Award recipients are chosen by a diverse committee of business and community leaders. Read more »

KCUMB Appoints New Dean of College of Biosciences

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences recently announced the appointment of Robert White, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Biosciences, effective Aug. 1. Read more »

KCUMB Celebrates New Academic Center

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), the largest medical school in Missouri and one of the oldest osteopathic medical schools in the country, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to unveil its new Student Academic Center. Read more »

A New Tool to Fight Obesity Holds Hope for Weight Loss

St. Luke's Hospital begins study that includes 27 participants. Outpatient stomach procedure could make overweight patients feel full faster, longer.  Read more »

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