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    Charles Sherr, MD, PhD, elected to Institute of Medicine

    Memphis, Tennessee, November 8, 2004

    Charles J. Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a prestigious branch of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Sherr, Herrick Foundation chair of St. Jude Genetics and Tumor Cell Biology and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is among 65 new members of the IOM, raising the total membership to 1,416.

    Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.

    "It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.”

    Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their professional achievement and commitment to service. An unusual diversity of talent is assured by the Institute's charter, which stipulates that at least one-quarter of the membership be selected from outside the health professions, from such fields as the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as law, administration, engineering, and the humanities.

    Former St. Jude Director Arthur Nienhuis. M.D., and current Director William Evans, Pharm.D., are also IOM members.

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.