2022 Blogs

Joaquina Baranda, MD in white lab coat.

Joaquina Baranda, MD, is the early phase program director for the KU Cancer Center, which manages more than 350 early phase clinical cancer trials

The University of Kansas Cancer Center Expands Early Phase Clinical Trial Offerings

December 8, 2022

Kansas and Missouri cancer patients now have more clinical trial options closer to home. Recently, the University of Kansas Cancer Center joined the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN), which enables it to offer more early phase clinical trials than anywhere else in the region.

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Local researchers are seeking 280 people, ages 65 to 80, to participate in a study about exercise and cognitive health.

KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Searches for Perfect Mix of Exercise for Cognition Health

October 24, 2022

Scientists at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (KU ADRC) and KU Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management (CPAWM) want to know if there’s a perfect mix of aerobic and strength training that will help older adults maintain their cognition and functional health as they age.

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Through strong connections with KC-area bioscience and clinical-research companies, KUEC’s biotechnology program provides internship and career opportunities for students entering this growing field.

Local Clinical Research Company Turns to KU Edwards Campus Biotechnology Program Graduates for New Talent

September 30, 2022

As the clinical-research industry booms locally and across the country, the JCERT-supported biotechnology program at KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) continues to produce well-rounded graduates to meet the growing need for biotech expertise. 

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K-State Olathe’s Leadership Program Builds STEM Leaders’ Management Skills

September 12, 2022

America’s workforce is rapidly changing. In 2021, nearly 48 million workers quit their jobs. On average, four million workers have quit their jobs each month in 2022. This massive labor turnover has been dubbed the “Great Resignation”.

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The new online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree from the KU Edwards Campus will be available to students beginning in Fall 2022.

KU Edwards Campus Introduces Kansas’ First Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree

July 29, 2022

The University of Kansas, with support from the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), is launching a new online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Fall 2022, giving students with an associate’s degree or equivalent hours the chance to maximize their earned college credits from other higher education institutions and earn a KU degree.

Roy Jensen, MD,

By Roy Jensen, MD, Vice Chancellor and Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center

The University of Kansas Cancer Center Earns National Cancer Institute’s Most Prestigious Designation: Why It Matters

July 14, 2022

I am thrilled to announce that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has achieved the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) most prestigious designation: Comprehensive. This designation puts KU Cancer Center in the same league as our nation’s most elite cancer centers.

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Over the past three years, JCERT-funded programs at KU Edwards Campus and K-State Olathe have grown by 105%, running counter to enrollment declines occurring in higher education.

JCERT-Supported Programs at K-State Olathe, KU Edwards Campus Thrive During Challenging Time in Higher Education

June 1, 2022

Demand for JCERT-funded programs is on the rise at K-State Olathe and the KU Edwards Campus despite challenges in higher education because both universities continue to provide educational offerings to meet career opportunities.

The KU Clinical Research Center

The KU Clinical Research Center, supported by JCERT funding, offers cutting-edge clinical trials which lead to new cancer therapies every day. 

Stage IV Lung Cancer Patient Thrives after Clinical Trial

April 20, 2022

Kenneth Willard wasn’t even aware of a lump on his neck until his co-worker asked him about it. “I don’t know how he spotted the lump,” Willard recalled. “But I knew it needed to be checked out.” A visit with his primary doctor and an ear, nose and throat specialist followed. Biopsies revealed a diagnosis Willard never expected: At 55 years old, he had stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.

Jana Meyers

Jana Meyers credits her M.S. in Adult Learning and Leadership from K-State Olathe with taking her understanding of corporate learning programs to a whole new level.

Adult Learning and Leadership Program at K-State Olathe Helps Alum Advance Career

February 24, 2022

Jana Meyers has a talent for identifying potential in every individual and a passion for growing leaders and growing as a leader herself. This desire to continually improve and help others improve explains why she enrolled in the Adult Learning and Leadership master’s degree program at K-State Olathe, even though she already had one master’s degree and significant training and leadership experience. 

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The bachelor's in health science degree is one program that continually sees rising enrollment at the KU Edwards Campus.

Enrollment in JCERT-Supported Programs at KU Edwards Campus Continues to Grow

February 1, 2022

Enrollment in undergraduate and graduate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) at the KU Edwards Campus continues to increase, demonstrating that the initiative is meeting educational demands in the Kansas City area. 

Phyllis Greenquist

Phyllis Greenquist is learning how scientists may one day be able to engineer replacement organs for people like her who are in need of a lung transplant.

Phyllis Greenquist Pursues KU’s Bachelor of Health Sciences to Make an Impact on Lung Transplant Industry

January 14, 2022

Pursuing KU’s JCERT-supported online Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the Edwards Campus (KUEC) in Overland Park more than 35 years after her high school graduation, Kansas City native Phyllis Greenquist exemplifies resilience.