Fighting life-threatening diseases

 

"Your child has cancer" is one of the most devastating things a family can hear. That's why St. Jude provides support and lifesaving treatment every step of the way.

But did you know St. Jude is also at the forefront of fighting other diseases that threaten children’s lives?

 

We have one of the largest pediatric sickle cell disease programs in the country

St. Jude opened its doors in 1962 as the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South, and the first research grant received was for sickle cell research.

Since then, St. Jude pioneered the study and treatment of sickle cell disease. In 1983, a St. Jude patient was the first in the world to be cured of sickle cell disease through a stem cell/bone marrow transplant.

 

We're unraveling critical mysteries in the emergence and spread of influenza viruses

During an average flu season, the flu virus is linked to approximately 250,000-500,000 deaths worldwide. What mutations enable a virus to spread among the human population and cause a pandemic?

St. Jude is working to find the answers as one of six U.S. research institutions selected for the Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases network.

 

Our research is showing promising results towards developing a cure for malaria

Malaria is caused by a parasite spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and remains a major health threat to more than half the world’s population, particularly children.

The World Health Organization estimates that in Africa a child dies of malaria every minute. "Our goal is to develop an affordable, fast-acting combination therapy that cures malaria with a single dose," said R. Kiplin Guy, PhD, chair of St. Jude Chemical Biology and Therapeutics.

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