St. Jude Progress

Paul Thomas and Joshua Wolf

St. Jude researchers answer COVID questions

Posted by Erin Podolak | Jul 5, 2022

St. Jude research has advanced understanding of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination. Here is what the findings mean for you.

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Members of the St. Jude Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team gather for a photo outside the hospital.

Employee volunteers aid St. Jude contact tracing team in fight against COVID-19

Posted by Destiny Hinton | Sep 2, 2021

The St. Jude Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team has been working to keep the St. Jude campus safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stronger Together

Connections with colleagues: A St. Jude pediatric psychologist has renewed appreciation for an overlooked benefit of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Posted by Elyse Heidelberg, PsyD | Jul 5, 2021

A pediatric psychologist expresses gratitude for interdisciplinary collaboration, which elevates patient care and provider well-being.

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Compassion

Compassionate connections: Providing end-of-life care to patients and families during COVID-19

Posted by Anna Jones, PhD | Jul 1, 2021

A St. Jude psychologist who provided supportive end-of-life care during the pandemic shares recommendations for making compassionate connections with patients and families.

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SAFER Ukraine offers a new model for global emergency response

Posted by Mary Powers | Sep 29, 2022

SAFER Ukraine, a global humanitarian effort to save Ukrainian children with cancer and blood disorders began spontaneously in a digital meeting room within hours of the invasion. Existing networks fueled its growth.

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SAFER Ukraine: a framework for responding to global conflicts

Posted by Erin Podolak | May 26, 2022

What lessons can be learned from the remarkable success of SAFER Ukraine?

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The Unicorn Clinic

A doctor’s journey fueled life-saving work at SAFER Ukraine for children with cancer

Posted by Mary Powers | May 12, 2022

“SAFER Ukraine works because we have human connections with our partners,” explains Asya Agulnik, MD, MPH.

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Marcin Wlodarski at Unicorn Clinic staff meeting

Marcin Wlodarski, MD, PhD, dropped everything to help children fleeing Ukraine

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | May 10, 2022

Marcin Wlodarski, MD, PhD, was new to international humanitarian work prior to volunteering with SAFER Ukraine. “I learned so much I cannot every describe it in words,” he said.

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Qingfei Pan and Jiyang Yu

Math test points metastatic breast cancer treatment in the right direction

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | Dec 30, 2022

St. Jude computational biologists created a computational score predicting cancer drug sensitivity to HDAC6 inhibitors in a promising phase Ib clinical trial.

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On the road to resistance: How bacteria can win the game of life ‘with a little help from their friends’

Posted by Erin Podolak | Dec 15, 2022

St. Jude scientists have learned that bacteria are more successful at developing antibiotic resistance when they swap genes through recombination.

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Premiasiones

Latin American hospitals implement tool to identify kids whose condition is deteriorating

Posted by Mary Powers | Nov 1, 2022

Flexible and tailored implementation strategies helped pediatric cancer centers across Latin America scale up a proven quality improvement strategy.

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New model mimics progression of pediatric bone marrow failure

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | Oct 4, 2022

St. Jude scientists have created the first model that faithfully recapitulates details of pediatric bone marrow failure.

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Diagnostic Imaging receives hospital’s first Expanded Access use designation from FDA

Posted by Matt Gaschk | Dec 29, 2022

St. Jude received the hospital’s first expanded access designation from the FDA for use of PET scans with [11C]Methionine a tracer that makes imaging results clearer.

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Sickle cell road to adulthood

St. Jude advice to young adults with sickle cell disease: Stay connected

Posted by Mary Powers | Nov 28, 2022

The St. Jude Methodist Sickle Cell Disease Transition Clinic helps patients move from pediatric to adult care, an important stage where patients often experience roadblocks to maintaining their health.

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Mother and child meet with psychologist

By sharing their story, cancer patients can help improve their care

Posted by Erin Podolak | Jun 16, 2022

Narrative medicines uses insight gained from listening carefully to how patients tell their own stories to improve health care, patient education and research.

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Amar Gajjar, MD., with patient Charlotte and her mother

Reflecting on nearly 40 years of progress against pediatric brain tumors

Posted by Erin Podolak | May 16, 2022

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and a good time to learn more about the diverse group of diseases that make up the most common childhood solid tumor.

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Graduation Night

Your Future, Your Decision: Tigers VAX Now HPV Vaccination Student Ambassador Program

Posted by Portia Knowlton | Jan 26, 2023

The St. Jude HPV Cancer Prevention Program and the University of Memphis created Tigers VAX Now, a student ambassador program to empower college students to advocate for HPV vaccination as cancer prevention among their peers.

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Joy Wright

Powerful Voices: Preventing HPV Cancers through Survivor Perspectives

Posted by Julia Neely | Jan 12, 2023

Participants in the St. Jude HPV Cancer Prevention Program’s HPV Cancer Survivors School are using their powerful voices to advocate for HPV vaccination during January which is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

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Lily Guenther, MD

Investigator Insights: Taking a Leap with Lily Guenther, MD

Posted by Lily Guenther, MD | Jan 5, 2023

Sometimes a scientist’s next step isn’t a step, but more of a career-defining leap. Early-career investigator Lily Guenther, MD, shares her experience of taking that leap and starting a laboratory at St. Jude.

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2023 Global Alliance meetng

’Amazing effort’ brings Global Alliance to new heights at 2022 Convening

Posted by Matt Gaschk | Nov 10, 2022

The 2022 St. Jude Global Alliance Convening brought together researchers from around the globe working to advance cures for children with catastrophic childhood diseases.

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Cancer Predisposition

Genetic predispositions can drive cancer but are not destiny for patients

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | Jan 24, 2023

Scientists at St. Jude are leading the way on understanding cancer predisposition and the way that inherited genetics can inform patient care.

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St. Jude scientists on the hunt for ‘holy grail’ cancer vulnerabilities

Posted by Erin Podolak | Jan 17, 2023

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are deploying genomic technologies to hunt for vulnerabilities in cancer.

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Childhood cancer genetics: A legacy of groundbreaking work drives St. Jude forward

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | Jan 10, 2023

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a rich history of research on genetics stemming from the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project and reverberating through laboratories today.

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Studies of rare craniopharyngioma reveal ways to improve long-term outcomes for patients

Posted by Erin Podolak | Nov 15, 2022

A St. Jude clinical trial launched more than 25 years ago has helped to transform understanding and care for children with the brain tumor craniopharyngioma.

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