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: 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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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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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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Fabio Demontis

Research points to a way to reduce cachexia, a cancer-induced muscle wasting disorder

Posted by Erin Podolak | May 24, 2022

Muscle signaling provide clues for treatment of the muscle-wasting disorder cachexia, which affects cancer patients.

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Ewelina Mamcarz with colleagues and patient

Five years later: gene therapy for ‘bubble boy’ disease

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | May 19, 2022

Interim results point to enduring immune function following gene therapy for Infants with ‘bubble boy’ disease

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Stephen Mack, MD, PhD

Metabolic processes may yield a new therapeutic window for hard-to-treat brain tumors

Posted by Erin Podolak | Apr 22, 2022

In his laboratory at St. Jude, Stephen Mack, PhD, is researching how metabolic and epigenetic pathways might be perturbed to help treat DIPG, a lethal childhood brain tumor.

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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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Mother holding baby in medicine room

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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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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Globe with connections

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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Hippocampus illustration

St. Jude symposium to focus on hippocampus imaging in childhood cancer patients and survivors

Posted by Alex Generous, PhD | Feb 3, 2022

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Department of Diagnostic Imaging is hosting their 3rd Annual Scientific Symposium, “Imaging Structure and Functions of the Hippocampus” on February 25.

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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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Walter Hughes sits at a desk early in his career

St. Jude mourns the death of infectious diseases pioneer Walter Hughes, MD

Posted by Mike O’Kelly | Aug 13, 2021

Walter Hughes, MD, who established the St. Jude Department of Infectious Diseases and initiated pediatric AIDS research at the hospital, has died.

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