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11:15 pm
Tue January 27, 2009

KU & K-State Join Forces In Cancer Research

Topeka, KS – Kansas's two largest research universities are joining forces in the fight against cancer. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University have agreed to share their cancer resources with one another. Governor Kathleen Sebelius joined the two universities in making the announcement yesterday in Topeka. The agreement allows eligible scientists at K-State to become adjunct professors at KU. It also gives scientists at both places greater access to each other's cancer facilities and confidential research. Rob Denell is director of K-State's Cancer Institute and says the new agreement will bring about more collaborations between the scientists focusing on basic research at K-State and the scientists focusing on clinical research at KU.

Denell: "Basically from our point of view, what we anticipate is that it's going to allow our scientists more access to clinical material, that it's going to facilitate having our basic research potentially move in to clinical trials and other kinds of actual applications."

KU says the agreement marks a big step in its efforts to become a nationally designated Cancer Institute.

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