Category: Features

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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Martine Roussel, PhD, stands for a portrait with her lab blurred out in the background.

Roussel’s early discovery shaped a career of cancer research

Posted by St. Jude Communications Department | Jun 7, 2021

Martine Roussel, PhD, faculty member and endowed chair in molecular oncogenesis, shares how early work on oncogenes led to her lab’s discovery of new oncogenes.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital exterior

We can – we will – accelerate progress globally

Posted by James R. Downing, MD | Apr 27, 2021

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching the largest strategic investment in its nearly 60-year history, committing $11.5 billion during the next six years to accelerate research and treatment globally for children with catastrophic diseases.

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Adolescents and young adults approach a cancer diagnosis differently than young children or older adults. That means clinicians, partners and parents have to change the way they interact with them.

Three things for parents and clinicians to know about adolescents and young adults with cancer

Posted by Sarah Daniels | Apr 10, 2021

AYA diagnosed with cancer are just like any other teen or twenty-something. They have vocational aspirations, are working to develop a strong sense of self, have struggles with their body image and want to distinguish themselves from their caregivers. But these processes can become that much more difficult to navigate when an AYA must also learn to cope with a cancer diagnosis.

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Ten physicians share how they were inspired to pursue a medical career.

Celebrating Doctors’ Day: St. Jude physicians reflect on their career origins

Posted by Mike O’Kelly | Mar 30, 2021

National Doctors’ Day was first observed in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Almond, wife of Charles Almond, MD, decided to set aside a day to honor doctors and their contributions. Ten St. Jude physicians share their stories of how they were inspired to pursue a medical career.

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Tangie Thomas, vice president of Clinical Trials Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, shares the importance of mentors and advocates during her career.

Learning the value of mentors, champions and building a strong network

Posted by Katy Hobgood | Mar 29, 2021

Tangie Thomas, MPH, is vice president of Clinical Trials Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Jasmine Turner analyzes data from samples to determine the presence of influenza. She credits her mother for encouragement and inspiration to pursue a scientific career.

Jasmine Turner: Overcoming obstacles, rising to meet challenges

Posted by Mike O’Kelly | Mar 26, 2021

For Jasmine Turner, resilience and tenacity were required to enter a field with very few Black women. There weren’t many women or teachers of color in her scientific courses—no one with similar experiences to help guide her or focus her talents. She turned to her mother for encouragement and inspiration.

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