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The Science of Childhood Cancer

A 15-week virtual lecture series


The Science of Childhood Cancer is an interactive, weekly lecture series designed to engage the scientific community on key questions in pediatric cancer research. The Fall 2023 season of this series, hosted by the St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center, launches August 10. Register below for updates and announcements.

Invited speakers are leading experts across the spectrum of basic, translational, clinical and population science. The Rising Stars of Cancer Research lecture in the 15-week series will feature thematically related talks by two early- to mid-career investigators conducting exciting and innovative work in the field.

Lectures occur each Thursday from 12 pm – 1 pm Central time / 1 pm – 2 pm Eastern time and are often followed by an extended Q&A session. Available recordings will be posted here in the week following the live event.


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Upcoming Lectures

September 28, 2023


The financial burden of surviving childhood cancer

Paul Nathan, MD, MSc

Head, Solid Tumor Section & Director, AfterCare Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology –  The Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, Pediatrics and Health Policy, Management & Evaluation – University of Toronto

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October 5, 2023


Genomic analysis of osteosarcoma: Making sense of a complex genome to advance translational research and targeted therapy

Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Oncology – University of California-San Francisco

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October 12, 2023


Opportunities and challenges in pediatric oncology drug development: Lessons learned from the biopharmaceutical industry

Sam Blackman, MD, PhD

Head of Research & Development – Day One Biopharmaceuticals

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October 19, 2023


Epigenetic and 3D genome alteration in cancer

Feng Yue, PhD

Director, Center for Cancer Genomics – Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duane and Susan Burnham Professor for Molecular Medicine, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics – Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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October 26, 2023


Drivers of transformation in embryonal tumors with multi-layered rosettes (ETMRs)

Annie Huang, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

Pediatric Neuro-oncologist, Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, Division of Hematology Oncology, Senior Scientist, Program in Cell Biology – Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre
Canada Research Chair in Rare Childhood Brain Tumors, Professor of Paediatrics, Medical Biophysics, Lab Medicine & Pathobiology; Associate Chair (Research), Department of Pediatrics – SickKids Hospital, University of Toronto
Lead investigator – The Rare Brain Tumor Consortium

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November 2, 2023


Neuroblastoma: the power of immunotherapy in pediatric malignancy

Julie Park, MD

Member and Chair – Department of Oncology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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November 9, 2023


Emerging paradigms in cancer survivorship across the lifespan

Saro Armenian, DO, MPH

Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Director, Division of Outcomes Research, Barron Hilton Endowed Chair and Professor – City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

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November 16, 2023


The origins of childhood cancer

Sam Behjati, BMBCh, PhD

Group Leader – Wellcome Sanger Institute
Honorary Consultant Paediatric Oncologist – Cambridge University Hospitals
Professor of Paediatric Oncology – University of Cambridge

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Comprehensive Cancer Center

St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.