News Releases

View current news releases from St. Jude and ALSAC. To read more topic-specific news releases, see “Medicine and Science News” or “Fundraising and Donor News.”

 
08/11/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital oncologist elected to Academia Sinica, the highest academic institution in Taiwan

Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., recognized for pioneering research and treatment of childhood leukemia, increasing childhood cancer survival rates around the globe. (Dr. Ching-Hon Pui)

 
 
08/11/2014
St. Jude mourns the loss of friend and supporter Robin Williams

Today the world lost an iconic man and entertainer, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital lost an incredible friend and supporter. We send our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Robin Williams.

 
 
08/06/2014
Discovery yields master regulator of toxin production in staph infections

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovery lays the groundwork for a new class of antibiotics to fight multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus and related bacteria that cause serious infections. (Charles Rock, PhD)

 
 
07/30/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital names Tri Delta Fraternity Partner of the Year

Delta Delta Delta Fraternity recently was honored as Partner of the Year for its outstanding commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® – raising nearly $30 million for the hospital since 1999 and pledging to raise another $60 million in the next 10 years – to combat childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

 
 
07/28/2014
Unhealthy habits more than double risk of metabolic syndrome in childhood cancer survivors

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study finds that few adult survivors of childhood cancer follow a heart-healthy lifestyle that protects against heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. (Kirsten Ness, PhD)

 
 
07/28/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital receives Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

St. Jude is one of 15 recipients honored for supporting military personnel.

 
 
07/22/2014
HIV clinic-based audio project emphasizes the power of patient voices

Patients become teachers through an innovative, clinic-based audio project of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that gives youth infected with HIV a chance to share their experiences with the diagnosis. (Aditya Gaur, MD)

 
 
07/02/2014
Protein’s structural shift offers clues to tumor suppression and other key cell functions

A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study identifies the mechanism underlying a shape-shifting protein that assists in tumor suppression; results could aid cancer drug development. (Dr. Richard Kriwacki, PhD)

 
 
06/25/2014
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital names James R. Downing, MD, CEO to oversee a new era of expansion, growth

Downing, internationally recognized as a genome sequencing pioneer and member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, becomes sixth leader to serve at hospital’s helm. (James Downing, MD)

 
 
06/19/2014
Mechanism discovered for attaching an “on” switch that helps cells accessorize proteins

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists advance understanding of how cells manage their vast array of proteins and how system failures can lead to cancer and other diseases. (Brenda Schulman, PhD)

 
 
06/11/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital renewed as NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center receives “exceptional” score from National Cancer Institute—highest rating awarded to cancer centers.

 
 
06/10/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital adding department and faculty to aid mission

Internationally recognized physician-scientists joining fight against devastating childhood diseases as hospital expands clinical and basic science research .

 
 
06/05/2014
Gamers virtually raise thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® patients battling cancer, other deadly diseases

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is powering up a new videogame charity program, St. Jude PLAY LIVE, with help from some of the top streaming gamers.

 
 
06/05/2014
Brain circuit problem likely sets stage for the “voices” that are symptom of schizophrenia

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists report that a disruption in a brain circuit may contribute to the auditory hallucinations of schizophrenia. (Stanislav Zakharenko, MD, PhD)

 
 
06/04/2014
Race to beat childhood cancer, other deadly diseases one mile, one dollar, one cure at a time

It’s approximately 26 weeks from the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, leaving plenty of time to sign up through general registration and train for the fun on December 6.

 
 
05/30/2014
St. Jude researcher honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for work in childhood cancer survivorship

Leslie Robison, Ph.D., becomes the fifth researcher from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to receive the Pediatric Oncology Award.

 
 
05/22/2014
Bacterial adaptation contributes to pneumococcal threat in sickle cell disease patients

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-led study reveals differences in the pneumococcal genome that explain why current vaccines aren’t better at protecting children with sickle cell disease from the bacterial infection. (Jason Rosch, PhD)

 
 
05/20/2014
Molecule acts as umpire to make tough life-or-death calls

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital solves mystery of enzyme’s role in cell survival, offering clues of how immune system fights infection and possible strategies to treat problems ranging from heart attack to cancer. (Douglas Green, PhD)

 
 
05/15/2014
Detailed studies reveal how key cancer-fighting protein is held in check

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital analysis reveals how the protein p53, which triggers cancer cells to commit suicide, attaches to its regulatory molecule; findings could lead to drugs to unleash p53 to battle a range of cancers. (Richard Kriwacki, PhD, and Douglas Green, PhD)

 
 
05/09/2014
Discovery links rare, childhood neurodegenerative diseases to common problem in DNA repair

The study of two rare childhood neurodegenerative diseases leads St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists to a new source of DNA damage that may play a role in a wide range of health problems, including cancer. (Peter McKinnon, PhD)

 
 
05/08/2014
Experimental antibody shows early promise for treatment of childhood tumor

Tumors shrank or disappeared in some patients with advanced neuroblastoma in a Phase I study of an immune therapy manufactured at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (Fariba Navid, MD)

 
 
05/07/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ranked as the No. 1 preferred company to work for by millennials

For the second consecutive year, St. Jude leads the list of places students and young professionals want to work

 
 
05/05/2014
Runners race to register for St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

Running a marathon is an empowering feat, and so is helping raise millions to support kids fighting cancer. Those eager to accomplish both can register for the 2014 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, starting May 5.

 
 
05/05/2014
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient Shon Coleman to make NFL Draft pick

Auburn University offensive lineman Shon Coleman, who beat leukemia through personalized treatment at St. Jude, will join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce a first round NFL Draft pick Thursday, May 8, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

 
 
05/01/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientist elected to National Academy of Sciences

Brenda Schulman, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership in the academy is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

 
 
04/30/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital named finalist for Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

St. Jude is one of 30 finalists honored for supporting military personnel.

 
 
04/11/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital named national center of excellence for flu research

St. Jude again designated Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

 
 
04/09/2014
Something to sing about: Radio One, gospel music community raises more than $1.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Radio One’s network of stations, along with celebrity radio hosts Yolanda Adams and James Fortune, helped raise more than $1.3 million for kids fighting cancer at St. Jude.

 
 
04/06/2014
Gene sequencing project discovers mutations tied to deadly brain tumors in young children

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project offers new leads to improved outcomes for children with high-grade glioma brain tumors; particularly youngest patients. (Suzanne Baker, PhD, and Jinghui Zhang, PhD)

 
 
04/03/2014
Tumor suppressor gene TP53 mutated in 90 percent of most common childhood bone tumor

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project finds TP53 gene is altered in nearly all osteosarcomas; results help explain how tumors withstand radiation therapy. (Michael Dyer, PhD, and Jinghui Zhang, PhD)

 
 
03/27/2014
Adult cancer drugs show promise against an aggressive childhood brain tumor

A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-led study identified two adult cancer drugs with potential to improve treatment of a high-risk childhood brain tumor; the drugs are now part of a pediatric clinical trial. (Martine Roussel, PhD)

 
 
03/17/2014
Health gap between adult survivors of childhood cancer and siblings widens with age

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study: Long-term follow-up of adult survivors of childhood cancer reinforces need for lifelong health surveillance for childhood cancer survivors. (Gregory Armstrong, MD)

 
 
03/06/2014
NBA Cares, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital team up for kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases

Regardless of the final scores of all NBA games played March 7-13, 2014 during Hoops for St. Jude Week™, the winners will be the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 
 
02/19/2014
Gene sequencing project discovers common driver of a childhood brain tumor

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project identifies the most common genetic alteration yet in the brain tumor ependymoma; results offer clues for fighting other cancers. (Richard Gilbertson, MD, PhD, David Ellison, MD, PhD, Jinghui Zhang, PhD)

 
 
02/10/2014
Researchers discover immune signature that predicts poor outcome in influenza patients

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital identifies factors that predict flu severity in patients and sets the stage for more effective therapies to prevent flu complications and deaths (Paul Thomas, PhD)

 
 
02/10/2014
Univision brings Promise and Hope to St. Jude

As part of the St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza® (Promise and Hope) initiative, Univision Radio broadcasts special programming asking listeners to help find cures and save children.

 
 
02/05/2014
St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign raises more than $97 million during the holiday season toward finding cures and saving children with cancer

The generous donors, corporate partners and celebrities who supported the 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign raised more than $97 million last holiday season.

 
 
02/05/2014
Mechanism discovered for how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis mutations damage nerve function

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers a new avenue for scientists to pursue in the quest for desperately needed treatments for ALS. (J. Paul Taylor, MD, PhD)

 
 
01/27/2014
Promising class of antibiotics discovered for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists has produced new versions of an old antibiotic that are active against difficult-to-treat tuberculosis; offers new strategy for overcoming drug resistance. (Richard Lee, PhD)

 
 
01/21/2014
Cancer diagnosis doesn’t increase a child’s risk of post-traumatic stress disorder

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study suggests previous research overestimated PTSD in young cancer patients; new findings highlight the ability of children to adjust and even thrive in response to challenges. (Sean Phipps, PhD)

 
 
01/16/2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital makes FORTUNE magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for fourth year

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

 
 
12/16/2013
Researchers discover how a protein complex revs up T cell activation to fight infections

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists find mechanism that launches production of the specialized T cells essential for combating infectious agents and that offers new therapeutic possibilities. (Dr. Hongbo Chi)

 
 
12/09/2013
Gene sequencing project finds family of drugs with promise for treating childhood tumor

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital–Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project study identifies drugs that enhance oxidative stress as possible weapon against most common pediatric soft tissue tumor. (Dr. Michael Dyer)

 
 
12/03/2013
Gene therapy bolsters enzyme activity to combat Alzheimer’s disease in mice

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists identify enzyme that could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. (Dr. Alessandra d'Azzo)

 
 
12/02/2013
1950s pandemic influenza virus remains a health threat, particularly to those under 50

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists report that avian H2N2 influenza A viruses related to 1957-1958 pandemic infect human cells and spread among ferrets; may aid identification of emerging threats. (Dr. Robert Webster)

 
 
11/18/2013
Adult survivors of childhood cancer at risk of becoming frail at an early age

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study finds that young adults who had cancer as children are more likely to be frail than their peers; this condition leaves survivors at increased risk of death and chronic disease. (Dr. Kirsten Ness)

 
 
11/15/2013
Drug offers promising approach to improve outcome for children with high-risk leukemia

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital leads study showing that a drug withdrawn from the market in 2010 may enhance the effectiveness of bone marrow transplants for select pediatric leukemia patients. (Dr. Jeffrey Rubnitz)

 
 
10/21/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientific director elected to Institute of Medicine

James R. Downing, M.D., becomes hospital’s sixth IOM member

 
 
10/20/2013
Inherited gene variation tied to high-risk pediatric leukemia and greater risk of relapse

Study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital finds an inherited gene variation—more common among Hispanic Americans–is tied to increased risk of developing a high-risk form of pediatric leukemia. (Dr. Jun Yang)

 
 
10/20/2013
Research offers new insight in quest for single vaccine against multiple influenza strains

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital identifies new path to a universal influenza vaccine emphasizing production of broadly specific antibodies that target multiple flu viruses. (Dr. Maureen McGargill)

 
 
10/10/2013
Preventable risk factors pose serious threat to heart health of childhood cancer survivors

A Childhood Cancer Survivors Study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital suggests that reducing risk factors like hypertension might lower the risk of heart disease for survivors as they age. (Dr. Greg Armstrong)

 
 
10/10/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital names new chief legal officer

Robyn Diaz, J.D., tapped to serve as chief legal officer and senior vice president.

 
 
10/09/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientist recognized by American-Italian Cancer Foundation

Charles J. Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., to receive the Prize for Scientific Excellence in Medicine by the American-Italian Cancer Foundation.

 
 
09/26/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital appoints new clinical director

Larry Kun, M.D., to oversee all aspects of patient care and clinical services at the hospital.

 
 
09/16/2013
Immune system marker tied to improved bone marrow transplant outcomes

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators prove that an immune marker predicts transplant success and improves selection of bone marrow donors (Dr. Wing Leung)

 
 
09/16/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital CEO announces retirement

Dr. William E. Evans will retire from executive post in July 2014.

 
 
09/09/2013
Rare, inherited mutation leaves children susceptible to acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Research from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Washington identifies a mutation that predisposes individuals to most common form of childhood leukemia. (Dr. Charles Mullighan)

 
 
09/02/2013
Drug reduces hospitalizations and cost of treating young children with sickle cell anemia

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-led national BABY HUG trial linked hydroxyurea to a 21 percent reduction in annual medical costs for young children with sickle cell anemia; savings expected to grow. (Dr. Winfred Wang)

 
 
09/02/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recognizes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

At St. Jude, doctors and scientists work to improve childhood cancer survival rates as well as enhance patients’ long-term quality of life after treatment.

 
 
08/29/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study yields new strategy against high-risk leukemia

After identifying a protein that blocks death of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells, scientists use two-drug combination therapy to offer hope to children and adults with the disease. (Dr. Joseph Opferman)

 
 
08/08/2013
Understanding mutation leads to promising new treatment for autoinflammatory diseases

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study yields clues for designing next-generation drugs to treat autoinflammatory diseases. (Dr. Kanneganti)

 
 
08/02/2013
St. Jude creates $5.5 million endowment for cancer research to be held by the hospital CEO

The Donald Pinkel Endowed Chair of Pediatric Cancer Treatment honors first director of St. Jude and is among the largest endowed chairs in the nation.

 
 
07/10/2013
Protein targeted for cancer drug development is essential for normal heart function

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovers a role for a protein in research that has implications for treatment of cancer and heart disease. (Dr. Joseph Opferman)

 
 
07/03/2013
Maintaining immune balance involves an unconventional mechanism of T cell regulation

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study challenges prior understanding of the process regulating specialized T cells that are essential for a balanced immune system. (Dr. Hongbo Chi)

 
 
06/13/2013
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital postdoctoral fellow named Pew Latin American Fellow

Andres Herrada, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Immunology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been named a Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

 
 
05/15/2013
John Rich & Friends Entertainment Event to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

John Rich will perform alongside his friends Wynonna, Larry the Cable Guy and Big Kenny, Rich’s partner in Big & Rich, and special guest Lisa Rinna at the St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends entertainment event on June 4 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. The event will serve as the second annual concert tee off for the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

 
 
02/25/2013
St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign raises more than $72 million toward finding cures and saving children

St. Jude and the generous consumers and partners who supported the ninth annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign have something to celebrate this year, raising more than $72 million in support of the organization’s mission of finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other deadly diseases.

 
 
02/21/2013
The V Foundation and ESPN team up with St. Jude and NBA Cares in the fight against pediatric cancer

This week, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN are teaming up with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against pediatric cancer by raising awareness and funds to support lifesaving work for children.

 
 
02/19/2013
Craig Morgan to headline St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Presented by Nissan

Country music star Craig Morgan and special guest, Sarah Darling, will lend their talented voices to the 14th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan.

 
 
01/29/2013
Football legend and TV host Michael Strahan and St. Jude rally fans to party with a purpose February 3

Football legend and LIVE! with Kelly and Michael host Michael Strahan and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are drafting football fans to party with a purpose on February 3 by hosting St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. parties to help provide the best care to the children who need it the most at no cost to their families.

 
 
01/17/2013
Red Frog Events commits $25 million to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for world's first proton therapy center solely for children

Red Frog Events, a fundraising partner of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has committed to raising $25 million towards the opening of the "St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center" on the hospital's campus in Memphis.

 
 
10/16/2012
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital launches ninth annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign

Throughout November and December, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its partners will give holiday shoppers new ways to give thanks for the healthy kids in their lives, and give to those who are not.