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10 TO WATCH: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

For more than five decades, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has led the battle against cancer in children. It’s made significant strides in research and treatment, but the institution is amping up its mission with a multi-billion dollar expansion that aims to take on 30 percent of the global pediatric cancer burden by 2021.

Dr. James R. Downing, St. Jude president and CEO, said the effort will not only boost what it’s already doing but spread that knowledge to local populations worldwide. Next year, the St. Jude Global program will begin implementation along with developing a global clinical research consortium and a global collaborative research program. Dr. Downing said St. Jude wants to “ultimately make sure every child with cancer across the globe has access to quality care.”

The Memphis campus remains the center of this strategic plan expansion, with additional employees coming and new construction already underway. In 2017, St. Jude will continue plans to accelerate research and care for more children here, establish a cancer immunotherapy program and enroll the first class in the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

“St. Jude is a remarkable place of innovation,” Dr. Downing said, “with a legacy of success and a culture that allows it to achieve the extraordinary.”

Story by: Jon W. Sparks
Photo by: Troy Glasgow

Posted: 3/10/2017 3:33:41 PM | with 0 comments
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