St. Jude scientist named American Association for Cancer Research Academy Fellow

Memphis, Tennessee, March 27, 2013

Charles Sherr, MD, PhD

Charles Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is honored by the AACR Academy for his scientific contributions to advancing understanding and treatment of cancer

Charles Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Department of Tumor Cell Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has been named a fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Academy.

Sherr is scheduled to be inducted into the academy’s inaugural class of fellows on April 6 in Washington D.C. The induction coincides with the group’s annual meeting. The designation recognizes scientists for making an extraordinary contribution to cancer research. Fellows were selected through a rigorous peer review process that focused on scientific achievements and contributions to the fight against cancer.

Sherr’s work has advanced scientific understanding of the mammalian cell cycle and tumor suppressor genes, which are both disrupted in cancer. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has received numerous other honors and holds the Herrick Foundation Endowed Chair.

He is one of 106 fellows in the AACR Academy’s first class. Going forward, a maximum of 11 individuals will be elected annually to membership by the current fellows. The AACR was founded in 1907 and is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on cancer research.

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 stjude.org or follow the hospital on Twitter and Instagram at @stjuderesearch.

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