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
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing overall U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is also a leader in research and treatment of life-threatening blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives. To learn more, visit Follow us on Twitter @StJudeResearch.

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