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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 2024 lecture season begins February 8 and runs through May 16. You may register below for future seasons of the series, hosted by the St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center

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


April 4, 2024


Quality of care for adolescents and young adults with advanced cancer

Jenny Mack, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Associate Chief, Division of Population Sciences, Division of Population Sciences, Faculty Vice President for the Office for Faculty Development, Professionalism, and Inclusion
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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April 11, 2024


Targeting metabolic vulnerabilities in high-risk childhood cancer using immunotherapy (and other modalities)

Poul Sorensen, BSc, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
The University of British Columbia

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April 18, 2024


Novel therapeutic targets in T-cell Leukemia

Daniel Herranz, PharmD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pediatrics
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey 

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April 25, 2024


Accelerating therapeutic innovations for children and adolescents with cancer 

Gilles Vassal, MD, PhD
Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center, Villejuif, France

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May 2, 2024


Metabolism and epigenetics as integrated drivers of childhood brain cancer

Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics; Al and Robert Glick Family Research Professor of Pediatrics; Scientific Research Director
Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center, University of Michigan Medical School

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May 9, 2024


Poverty as a "druggable" target: opportunities and challenges for health equity research

Kira Bona, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician, Pediatric Oncology
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center


Guideline development and delivery of precision-survivorship care

Matt Ehrhardt, MD, MS
Associate Member
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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May 16, 2024


Moving Beyond the Cure

Heather Conklin, PhD
Chief, Division of Neuropsychology; Full Member, Department of Psychology and Biobehavioral Sciences
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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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.