When cancer patients begin chemotherapy, most anticipate some side effects: fatigue, nausea, hair loss. But nearly three-quarters of them will experience a lesser known side effect: a kind of mental fog that happens during and after treatment, dubbed chemo-brain.

A patient who had been able to juggle many things in her head suddenly might be unable to remember her own phone number, keep track of her appointments, or recall her assistant’s first name, at least not without a lot more effort. For some patients, these symptoms persist for months and even years after treatment.

In the metro area, more than 245 biotech companies employ 28,000 workers – and research is growing with public and private spending that exceeds $1.8 billion annually. Learn how the KU Edwards Campus is helping fulfill the demand for talent in this rapidly growing industry through its biotechnology degree and a new hands-on research lab.

What can we learn from animals to help humans and vice versa?

To help answer this, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have created 1Data – a clearinghouse platform for an array of standardized pre-clinical human and animal health data.

Rising enrollment in JCERT-funded programs is helping KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) meet the Kansas City area’s growing demand for trained professionals.

Technical experts often earn promotions into team leadership roles based on their technical skills, without receiving training on the communication skills necessary to effectively lead diverse teams and nurture a healthy organizational culture.

Angie Pastorek, Ph.D., program manager and faculty member for the Professional Workplace Communication Graduate Certificate and master’s degree, expressed this point during the “Improving Your Cultural IQ: Recognizing the Power of Inclusive Communication” event early this fall.


A comprehensive approach is accelerating research and breakthroughs in human, animal and environmental health in the region. The community is invited to celebrate and learn more about this approach at Kansas City One Health Day, a free event from 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at K-State Olathe.

Dr. Tara Lin

Tara Lin, MD, who recently became medical director for the Clinical Trials Office at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is on a mission.

She has committed to making the best possible care available for everyone in the region. Citing the challenges of serving diverse populations – especially in Kansas, with its urban, suburban and rural populations – her aim is to coordinate with doctors from all over the state to make care more accessible.

The Kansas City business community has a strong reputation for entrepreneurship, technical skills and business acumen. KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) courses are tailored to help area professionals succeed in the local marketplace. This not only requires specialized, technical training, but also calls for the soft skills necessary to foster a healthy, productive workplace.

Roy Jensen, MD, director for The University of Kansas Cancer Center

By Roy Jensen, MD, director for The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Last September, we completed an exhaustive multi-year effort to submit our application to the National Cancer Institute for consideration of: 

Nearly eight years ago, Tyler O’Neal was working for a small, family-owned construction business when the recession hit. Always interested in computers, he decided to pursue a new career in technology.

In 2010, he started at Garmin International Inc. as a product support specialist. Not long after, he realized the power of education in climbing the ladder and earned his associate degree in IT with an emphasis in information systems technology from Johnson County Community College (JCCC). This led to his advancement to his current role as software engineer tool support developer.