Clinical trials expand treatment options, boost economy


At The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s state-of-the-art Clinical Research Center, funded by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), physician-scientists are sowing the seeds for new, more effective cancer treatments.

KU Edwards Campus class

Every class project in the graduate programs in organizational communication is designed for practical implementation on the job.

Equipping employees with the skills to listen actively, recognize the unspoken root of conflicts and initiate difficult conversations is essential to effectively tackle today’s biggest business challenges. Organizations increasingly are looking for employees with these soft skills – and with good reason.

Last fall, Kansas State University’s Olathe campus launched the United States’ first certificate program for the in-demand animal health regulatory affairs sector.

The Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit-hour program that combines animal science and veterinary medicine knowledge with skills needed to navigate governmental processes and regulations throughout a product’s lifecycle.

In its first decade, JCERT returns more than $64M per year in economic impact

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The Johnson County Education Research Triangle marked its 10-year milestone by announcing significant economic returns for the Kansas City area.

Since it was enacted in 2009, the ⅛-cent JCERT sales tax has generated approximately $15.5 million per year on average. An economic impact study, commissioned by the JCERT Authority and conducted by Mid-America Regional Council in mid-2019, found that JCERT returns an average of more than $64 million per year in economic impact.

Rita Blitt

Rita Blitt, an international award-winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker, was recognized by the KU Edwards Campus for her recent gift of more than 100 pieces of original artwork.

Blitt’s work is displayed on the walls of the campus’ three buildings, including the BEST Building, which was funded by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT). The building houses offices, a conference center, computer and exercise labs and JCERT-supported programs in business, education, science and technology – providing a unique juxtaposition with the new artwork.  

International award-winning artist Rita Blitt talks with KU Edwards staff, students and community members about her art.

KU Edwards student Valery Villarroel (L) and Roxanne Sabatino (R),
recruiting senior manager at CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., connected at CareerUP.
That meeting resulted in two internships and job opportunities for Valery.

When Valery Villarroel attended a networking event last year, she had no idea it would lead to two internships and job opportunities.

dennis ridenour

Collaboration. Innovation. Education. Much can be gained by working together for a common purpose and, in the Kansas City region, it’s in our blood. Our ability to be extremely effective at working together has been and will continue to be essential.

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A 15 percent increase in JCERT-support degree and certificate programs at KUEC
reflects the area’s rising need for education and advanced knowledge in these fields.

The latest enrollment news from the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) reveals a 15 percent year-over-year increase in its degree and certificate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT).

On the KU Cancer Center’s recent Facebook Live series, Dr. Tara Lin and
Mary Birch talked about JCERT’s 10-year history and its contribution to
improving cancer research through clinical trials.

Some 15 years ago, two friends playing tennis had an idea that eventually would lead to one of the most unique cancer clinical trial facilities in the country – right in Johnson County.

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New research that compares consumer preferences of spinach grown in three different ways found consumers prefer spinach grown locally under high tunnels, versus spinach grown locally in an open field or non-local, commercially grown spinach sold at grocery stores. High tunnels, a low-cost alternative to greenhouses, are plastic-covered structures used to grow crops.