April 16, 2014

Local cancer researcher testifies before legislature about Kansas Bioscience Authority

TOPEKA — The director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center urged  legislators to “not throw the baby out with the bath water” as they consider the results of an extensive audit of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

Dr. Roy Jensen, director of the KU Cancer Center, updated the House Appropriations Committee today on the center's application for accreditation by the National Cancer Institute. Photo courtesy of Phil Cauthon/KHI

Dr. Roy Jensen, Gardner,  told the House Appropriations Committee that the authority had been critical to the KU Cancer Center’s seven-year initiative to become accredited by the National Cancer Institute.

“If it wasn’t for the KBA, there would be no initiative. I can state that categorically,” Jensen said.

KU officials expect a visit from the NCI inspection team next month and should know yet this year whether the center gains NCI designation, which officials say would boost federal research dollars to KU and assure better care for cancer patients.

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