St. Jude Children's Research Hospital hosts health education global summit

Cure4Kids 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.

Memphis, Tennessee, April 29, 2011

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host the Cure4Kids Global Summit June 9–11, 2011, engaging educators, scientists, physicians and health organization leaders in discussions aimed at improving community and school health education programs. Such programs share a goal of improving healthy habits in children that can help prevent many diseases, including cancer.

Keynote speakers include Julie Torode, Ph.D., deputy CEO, Advocacy and Programs director, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Geneva; Lenora Johnson, Dr.PH., M.P.H., director, Office of Communications and Education, National Cancer Institute, Washington, D.C.; Alejandro R. Jadad, M.D., D.Phil., chief innovator and founder, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto; Jon F. Kerner, Ph.D., chair, primary prevention and senior scientific advisor for Cancer Control and Knowledge Translation, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Toronto; and Melissa Hudson, M.D., Cancer Survivorship Division director and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at St. Jude.

Summit Highlights
Each day of the summit is aimed at different segments of the health education spectrum. On Thursday, June 9, the focus is on research and includes discussions on HPV vaccination for pediatric cancer survivors; using social media to promote healthy living; and using multimedia as a health education teaching tool.

On Friday, June 10, presenters will discuss implementation and application methods for cancer and health education techniques. Among the activities will be the panel discussion, “Global Need for Cancer and Health Education,” led by Raul Ribeiro, M.D., St. Jude International Outreach Program (IOP) director. Additionally, Yuri Quintana, Ph.D., IOP Education and Informatics director and summit chair, will present the youth awards for the Cure4Kids Global Innovation Challenge. Keynote speaker Memphis Mayor A C Wharton will also discuss the role local governments can play to support education, science and health.

The sessions on Saturday, June 11, are designed for frontline health educators. Attendees will learn how St. Jude has used its Cure4Kids Cells and Cancer Education Program to teach students about the science of cancer and actions they can take to help prevent adult cancer. Participants will learn techniques for implementing smoking cessation campaigns and teaching critical thinking.

The Cure4Kids Global Summit is presented by the St. Jude IOP. With an estimated 160,000 newly diagnosed cases of childhood cancer worldwide each year, the IOP’s mission is to improve the survival rate of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases globally by sharing knowledge, technology and organizational skills. The global summit is an extension of this mission, bringing together experts from a variety of disciplines to address the challenges of teaching children about cancer and how a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the likelihood of cancer later in life. To register for the Cure4Kids Global Summit, visit

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by Parents magazine and the No. 1 children’s cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world, serving as a trusted resource for physicians and researchers. St. Jude has developed research protocols that helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened to almost 80 percent today. St. Jude is the national coordinating center for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. In addition to pediatric cancer research, St. Jude is also a leader in sickle cell disease research and is a globally prominent research center for influenza.

Founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world, publishing more research articles than any other pediatric cancer research center in the United States. St. Jude treats more than 5,700 patients each year and is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. St. Jude is financially supported by thousands of individual donors, organizations and corporations without which the hospital’s work would not be possible.

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