2011 News Release Archive

 
12/21/2011
St. Jude faculty member named 2011 AAAS Fellow

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awards the distinction to noted researcher Guillermo Oliver, Ph.D., for his work in developmental biology

 
 
12/10/2011
Gene therapy achieves early success against hereditary bleeding disorder

Study of gene therapy developed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and University College London offers first proof that the treatment benefits adults with hemophilia B; reduces need for clotting factor to prevent bleeds.

 
 
11/14/2011
Story of lymphatic system expands to include chapter on valve formation

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists show that a gene essential for normal development of the lymphatic system also plays a critical role in forming the valves that help maintain the body’s normal fluid balance.

 
 
11/04/2011
Molecule serves as a key in some protein interactions

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists discover that a post-production addition to most proteins can serve as a key to mediate protein interactions, which are at the foundation of life.

 
 
10/21/2011
Research involving thyroid hormone lays foundation for more targeted drug development

A small molecule developed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital advances progress toward more tailored drugs in research that also offers insight into the biology of thyroid hormone.

 
 
09/28/2011
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovery aided quest for adult cancer drug

Recently approved drug for treatment of an adult cancer is the latest example of how St. Jude scientific discoveries are used to identify new therapies that benefit patients regardless of age

 
 
09/27/2011
Daily votes can help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nurse win national contest

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nurse Jody Newell is a semi-finalist in The “Amazing Nurses” Contest: Celebrating America’s Caregivers. Chosen from 1,500 nominations nationwide, Newell is one of only 20 semi-finalists.

 
 
09/26/2011
Newly identified DNA repair defect linked to increased risk of leukemia relapse

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists tie low levels of a key DNA repair protein to loss of regulatory genes in a study that offers new clues about why acute lymphoblastic leukemia sometimes returns.

 
 
09/19/2011
Key regulatory genes often amplified in aggressive childhood tumor of the brainstem

Study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists points to possible new treatment targets for diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas; may tip the scales in the current debate about tumor biopsies.

 
 
09/19/2011
Innovative outreach program educates community about sickle cell disease; is national model for such efforts

The Know Your Sickle Status program, spearheaded by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, works with community partners to educate families on trait status for genetic disorder

 
 
09/15/2011
New strategy likely to speed drug development for rare cancers

Research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators used a pioneering approach to drug development and identified dozens of potential new treatments of ependymoma, a rare tumor of the brain and spinal cord.

 
 
09/01/2011
Researchers work to shrink childhood cancer survival gap

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recognizes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

 
 
08/19/2011
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital appoints Richard Gilbertson, M.D., Ph.D., to lead its Comprehensive Cancer Center

Noted researcher will direct the country's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.

 
 
08/15/2011
Childhood eye tumor made up of hybrid cells with jumbled development

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists lead research that settles a century-old debate about retinoblastoma’s beginnings and identify new targets for treating the childhood eye tumor

 
 
07/22/2011
Signaling molecule identified as essential for maintaining a balanced immune response

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists show that the molecule serves as a bridge between the two arms of the immune system that provides a new mechanism guiding T cell differentiation

 
 
07/18/2011
Tumor suppressor protein is a key regulator of immune response and balance

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists provide insight into immune system biology and identify the mechanism that keeps white blood cell activity at a minimum until the specific immune response is needed.

 
 
07/14/2011
Bone marrow transplant survival more than doubles for young high-risk leukemia patients

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators reported markedly improved survival of pediatric patients transplanted for high-risk leukemia regardless of donor; cite treatment advances and better donor selection.

 
 
07/07/2011
Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., honored by the American Society of Hematology for contributions to childhood cancer treatment

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital oncologist Ching-Hon Pui is the recipient of the 2011 Henry M. Stratton Medal for work that has advanced the research and treatment of pediatric leukemia

 
 
07/01/2011
St. Jude named as one of the best places to work in academia

The Scientist magazine ranks St. Jude Children's Research Hospital among the top 10

 
 
06/27/2011
Childhood cancer survivors are at high risk for multiple tumors as they age

Findings from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators identify new cancer risks when survivors become adults; underscore the importance of regular cancer screenings

 
 
06/12/2011
Researchers improve method for finding genetic mistakes that fuel cancer

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project scientists pioneer way to find more chromosomal aberrations in tumors; results likely to advance understanding of cancer

 
 
05/24/2011
Structural biologist Brenda Schulman, Ph.D., honored by international scientific group for work in protein science

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientist recognized with the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award from The Protein Society

 
 
05/12/2011
Sickle cell anemia drug shown safe and effective for infants and toddlers, improving treatment options

The multicenter Baby HUG trial led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators shows hydroxyurea reduces the most common symptoms of sickle cell anemia in children, raising hopes the drug will ease complications and improve patient quality of life.

 
 
04/29/2011
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital hosts health education global summit

Thought leaders worldwide will convene at the Cure4Kids Global Summit to discuss ways of improving science and health education in schools and communities with a focus on disease prevention in children.

 
 
04/19/2011
Martine Roussel, Ph.D., honored as 2011 fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Martine Roussel, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been named to the 2011 class of new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 
 
04/11/2011
Fatigue and sleep woes worsen neurocognitive problems in childhood cancer survivors

A national Childhood Cancer Survivor Study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators identifies potential new strategies for helping adults who survived childhood cancer improve memory, attention and related skills.

 
 
04/05/2011
Raul Ribeiro, M.D., honored for international work in childhood cancer research and treatment

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital physician receives the Paul P. Carbone Award in International Oncology from the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research for his efforts to improve childhood cancer survival rates across the globe.

 
 
03/25/2011
Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., recognized with American Association for Cancer Research award

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital pediatric oncologist Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., is the recipient of the 2011 Annual AACR Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research for contributions to childhood cancer research and treatment.

 
 
03/14/2011
Key mutations act cooperatively to fuel aggressive brain tumor

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators use a novel model system to show how specific mutations can induce glioma formation in multiple regions of the brain and to begin studying patient response to a new generation of targeted therapies.

 
 
03/09/2011
Gene that mediates response to key cancer drugs frequently mutated in young leukemia patients who relapse

The effort led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists identified the gene as a potential marker of relapse risk and involved the most comprehensive search yet for genomic changes in relapsed childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

 
 
03/02/2011
Protein identified that serves as a switch in a key pathway of programmed cell death

Work led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators provides fresh insight into mechanisms controlling programmed cell death pathways and offers new targets in the fight against cancer and virus-infected cells.

 
 
02/07/2011
Native American ancestry linked to greater risk of relapse in young leukemia patients

New research from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Oncology Group ties the genetic variation characteristic of Native American ancestry to higher odds cancer will return and highlights a strategy to ease the racial disparities in survival.

 
 
01/20/2011
St. Jude recognized on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This is the first year St. Jude has been included in the publication’s annual list.