St. Jude Progress

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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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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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CDK6: A well-known kinase commits a new ‘crime’ connecting outer radial glia to microcephaly

Posted by Erin Podolak | Sep 27, 2022

Microcephaly is a rare neurodevelopmental condition in which a baby’s head is much smaller than expected because the brain did not develop properly or stopped developing during pregnancy. St. Jude researchers identified cells in the outer radial glia in the developing brain that play an important role in microcephaly.

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Environment helps fuel hepatoblastoma in premature infants

Posted by Erin Podolak | Sep 13, 2022

The incidence of pediatric and adult liver cancer is increasing worldwide. Research suggests how premature birth may influence the risk for children.

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Peter McKinnon, Kathryn Stephenson, Richard Finkel

Two Years of the Pediatric Translational Neuroscience Initiative

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | Sep 1, 2022

St. Jude initiative aims to change the outlook for children with catastrophic neurological diseases.

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Xu Yang and Yizhen Li in a laboratory

T cells are key to maintaining cancer remissions from chemotherapy

Posted by Erin Podolak | Jul 12, 2022

Stimulating the adaptive immune response can improve outcomes for ALL treated with chemotherapy.

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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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Sima Jeha, MD, and colleagues meet around a table

Lessons from Lebanon: St. Jude Global reacts to war in Ukraine

Posted by Erin Podolak | Mar 30, 2022

Lessons learned from previous global crises inform the St. Jude Global response to childhood cancer patients displaced by the war in Ukraine.

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Building a platform to bring cancer drugs to children worldwide

Posted by Mary Powers | Jan 6, 2022

St. Jude and WHO announce plans to dramatically improve global access to pediatric cancer drugs

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Backpack

What Parents and Caregivers Should Know about HPV Vaccination

Posted by Carrie Strehlau | Aug 29, 2022

Now is a great time for kids to get vaccinated against HPV and protected against six different cancers.

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Take the prevent HPV pledge and let’s stop cancer before it starts

Posted by Heather Brandt, PhD, and Melissa Hudson, MD | Jun 29, 2022

HPV vaccination rates dipped during the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Jude is working with more than 100 organizations, health experts and others to highlight vaccination as cancer prevention.

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Protecting the mental health of Ukrainian families experiencing childhood cancer

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | May 9, 2022

Global health care providers gathered virtually for SAFER Conversations, a webinar created to share information and support to those working with Ukrainian children and families displaced by the war.

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We Envision a Bright Future for Children

Posted by Heather Brandt, PhD & Brooke Morgan | Mar 16, 2022

St. Jude is strengthening its HPV cancer prevention measures – and calling on partners to join the Path to a Bright Future campaign.

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It’s in the genes: research reveals obstacles on the road to health for cancer survivors

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | Sep 7, 2022

St. Jude scientists are leading research into the genetics of childhood cancer survivorship to understand and prevent the risk of chronic disease in survivors.

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James R. Downing, MD, St. Jude president and CEO, inside St. Jude new research building

Expanding the St. Jude strategic plan to $12.9 billion helps further advance its mission

Posted by James R. Downing, MD | Jul 15, 2022

Dr. James R. Downing details how St. Jude strategic plan expansion aims to accelerate research and treatment for childhood catastrophic diseases.

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Marta Salek, M.D., at work at the Unicorn Marian Wilemski Clinic in Poland.

Polish roots led Marta Salek, M.D., to a leading role in SAFER Ukraine effort

Posted by Erin Podolak | May 2, 2022

Dr. Marta Salek of St. Jude was in Poland visiting family when Russia invaded Ukraine. She jumped in to help launch the humanitarian effort SAFER Ukraine.

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Donald P. Pinkel, MD

Donald P. Pinkel, MD

Posted by Elizabeth Jane Walker | Mar 14, 2022

Donald Pinkel, MD, the founding medical director of St. Jude, has died in San Luis Obispo, California.

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