Research Highlights - Summer 2016 Discoveries and Achievements James R. Downing, M.D., of St. Jude, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital president and CEO joins the 236th class of members, which includes national and international scholars, artists, philanthropists and leaders. James R. Downing, M.D., of St. Jude, to advise National Cancer Moonshot Initiative The Blue Ribbon Panel will serve as a working group for presidentially-appointed National Cancer Advisory Board. St. Jude research will guide development of new anti-influenza drugs Researchers lay the foundation for a new class of influenza drugs that will be tougher for flu viruses to resist. Defects in the body’s cell disposal system may contribute to the most common form of lupus A casual observation leads to discovery that defects in a cell disposal system called LAP may lead to a lupus-like autoimmune disorder Capsule Shedding: A new bacterial pathway that promotes invasive disease Suicide enzyme LytA helps pneumococcus bacteria rapidly shed capsule to evade early immune response and set the stage for invasive disease Risk factors identified for acute pancreatitis that can disrupt leukemia treatment Native American ancestry and rare CPA2 gene variation may leave some leukemia patients at risk of pancreatitis following treatment with asparaginase. Discovery of likely subtypes of rare childhood brain tumor signals diagnostic advance Molecular classification of rare brain tumors CNS-PNET likely to improve diagnosis and set stage for targeted therapies. From Promise, Summer 2016 Donate Now Promise Archive First name: Last name: Email: Message: Submit Feedback Thank you for your feedback! More articles from this issue Fighting Flu with a Vitamin Boost Researchers investigate whether vitamins A and D can improve potency of the flu vaccine. The St. Jude Melanoma Clinic A new clinic brings families from across the nation to St. Jude to increase our knowledge about this aggressive type of skin cancer. A Philosophy of Giving For one couple, beneficence has become a way of life. A Seat at the Table: Youth Help HIV/AIDS Researchers One group of St. Jude patients helps HIV/AIDS researchers plan clinical trials and other important projects. The Amazing Mr. Elephant If one toy elephant has the power to help St. Jude, just think what you can do. Gene Therapy for SCID: Thinking Outside the Bubble Gene therapy offers hope for children born with a rare immune disease called severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). Tailored Therapy: Saving Bel's Life A St. Jude study personalizes treatment for patients who inherit a high-risk gene variation. Next-Generation Education: The St. Jude Graduate School The new St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences brings fresh energy to campus. Vanna's Choice When the time came to make a difference, Vanna White selected St. Jude. Pomp and Circumstance: Kindergarten Graduation Kindergarten graduates celebrate during the hospital’s 2016 graduation.