St. Jude hosts world’s leading childhood cancer experts to talk about advances, the future of cancer research

Memphis, Tennessee, October 1, 2012

Biomedical Symposium

On Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5, some of the world’s leading cancer scientists will discuss recent advances and the future of childhood cancer, as well as other life-threatening diseases. The experts represent the full spectrum of discovery, including basic science, clinical and translational research. It’s part of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s 50th year Anniversary Biomedical Symposium.

Speakers include:

  • Chen Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., Minister of Health of the People’s Republic of China
  • Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Hans Clevers, M.D., Ph.D., Hubrecht Institute
  • Susan Cohn, M.D., University of Chicago
  • Scott Lowe, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Charles Sawyers, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Joseph Schlessinger, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Reuben Shaw, Ph.D., Salk Institute; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Neal Young, M.D., National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health
  • Karen Vousden, Ph.D., The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research
  • Robert Webster, Ph.D., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • John Wingard, M.D., University of Florida

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit or follow the hospital on Twitter and Instagram at @stjuderesearch.

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