KU Medical Center Alumni Association Alumni Newsletter Summer 2012

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Register for Alumni Reunion Weekend
Alumni Weekend will be October 5-6, 2012 on the KUMC campus. Visit the KUMC Alumni website to register, view the schedule and see who's attending. Make plans to join us!

Far Above Campaign
KU and KUMC have bold aspirations for the future of patient care, research and education. Learn more about how KU Endowment and the Far Above campaign are supporting these missions towards transformative health care by watching this video.

School of Health Professions
Do you want to see if you're really healthy? The KUMC Nutrition Clinic has a new tool called the Bod Pod that can give you a complete picture of your health and fitness level - and it's available to the public! Learn more about the Bod Pod in this video.    

School of Medicine
Tim Kamerzell, PhD'07, loves the process of scientific discovery and is on a quest to become a physician-scientist. He earned his PhD, is in his 2nd year of medical school at KUMC, and is now one of 12 fellows on a year-long research sabbatical through the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Read more.

School of Medicine-Salina
Facing shortages of primary care physicians, several medical programs are building campuses in smaller towns with a focus on rural medicine. Salina is featured in this article about the appeal of regional medical programs. Read more.

School of Medicine-Wichita
Check out this video for a virtual tour of the KU School of Medicine--Wichita campus. Get an insider's view from four students about what it's like to live, learn and practice in Wichita.
School of Nursing
Kristine Williams, PhD’01, RN, developed an in home monitoring system for patients with dementia. Read more.

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National Cancer Institute Designation

After nearly a decade of ongoing preparation, The University of Kansas Cancer Center has earned prestigious designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center.

NCI Designation Video

“We are extremely proud of what this designation means – and what it will mean to the people of Kansas and our region who deserve this level of care,” said Roy Jensen, MD, director of the cancer center. “The University of Kansas Cancer Center has now been recognized for having one of the best cancer centers in the country.”

The cancer center is now part of an elite club – just 67 cancer centers throughout the United States are NCI designated.

This process of applying for NCI designation has already had a significant impact on the cancer center’s research efforts. Examples include:

  • 17 researchers recruited in past four years
  • New and renovated space, including the 82,000 square foot KU Clinical Research Center and the 170,000 square foot Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute
  • New areas of expertise and new departments, including cancer research experts in translational research, clinical trials, basic science, prevention and control, and establishing the KU Medical Center’s Cancer Biology Department
  • Collaborations, including the Stowers Institute, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, NCI, and Midwest Cancer Alliance
  • Widespread community support, including more than $100 million in funding from KU Endowment.

NCI designation will allow the cancer center to continue recruiting top researchers, apply for federal funding, and open more clinical trials only available to NCI designated centers. The cancer center will also be able to expand benefits to members of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, build new business opportunities and provide even better care to cancer patients.

“We look forward to working with our regional partners to enhance the quality and delivery of cancer care at every level,” said Dr. Jensen. “Thank you to all university and hospital staff, donors, legislators, and our community for the phenomenal outpouring of support toward this effort.”


Students in the Community

First-year medical students spent half a day during orientation performing community service projects at sites around Kansas City, Kan. Students worked at a community garden, painted  walls of a community center, sorted goods donated to a mental health agency and set fence posts at a Boy Scouts camp.

"M-1 Day," at it's known, is in its 10th year. The service projects expose the students to the community in which they will begin their medical education and let everyone interact informally. Read more.

Volunteers Needed at the State Fair

KU is going to the State Fair in Hutchinson and needs volunteers. Working in the KU booth is fun! Each shift lasts only 4 hours and all volunteers get a KU polo shirt, a $10 meal ticket and an admission ticket to the fair. Shifts are available September 7th- 16th.

Faculty, staff and alumni volunteers help bring the KU booth to life. Volunteers should be proud Jayhawks who enjoy talking to people about KU and how “KU works for Kansas.” The booth is in the air-conditioned Meadowlark Building and is always a popular attraction for the 300,000+ people who attend the fair.
Sign up online or contact Charlie Persinger with questions at cpersinger@ku.edu or 785-864-7103.
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