St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (ALSAC)

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world's premier centers for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children, primarily pediatric cancers. Founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and opened in 1962, the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment.

More than 4,000 patients are seen at St. Jude yearly, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis as part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also maintains 56 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. To date, St. Jude has treated more than 17,000 children from across the United States and 60 foreign countries - from Argentina to China. Patients at St. Jude are accepted by physician referral when the child or adolescent is newly diagnosed or suspected of having a disease under research and treatment by the St. Jude staff.

The American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities® (ALSAC®), the fund-raising arm of St. Jude, covers all costs of care beyond those reimbursable by third party payments and total costs when no insurance is available.

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» Recent News

Pharmacogenomics could replace "trial-and-error" with science from the human genome to optimize drug therapy
27 May 04 | The future use of a gene-based technology called pharmacogenomics could lower the cost of health care by decreasing the occurrence of adverse drug effects and increasing the probability of successful therapy.

Target House celebrates fifth anniversary
26 May 04 | Target House, the long-term stay facility for patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, celebrated its fifth anniversary on May 22 with a fun-filled afternoon for current and former patients.

St. Jude helps South American community improve survival rates for children with leukemia
25 May 04 | The city of Recife, Brazil, experienced a significant improvement in outcome among children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during the past decade, even though the community is resource-poor and most patient families are impoverished.

New grant boosts brain tumor funding
18 May 04 | Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) have jointly awarded a research grant to Tom Curran, Ph.D., co-leader of the Neurobiology & Brain Tumor Program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

New grant boosts brain tumor funding
18 May 04 | Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) have jointly awarded a research grant to Tom Curran, Ph.D., co-leader of the Neurobiology & Brain Tumor Program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Disabling protective molecule makes normal bone marrow stem cells more vulnerable to toxic chemotherapy
18 May 04 | Inactivating a protective molecule in leukemic cells to make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy might also make healthy blood-forming cells more sensitive to the toxic effects of those same drugs, report investigators at St. Jude's.

FedEx St. Jude Classic set for early tee time
17 May 04 | It's an early tee time for the FedEx St. Jude Classic this year. The 47th annual FedEx St. Jude Classic is set to take place next week at the Tournament Players Club at Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. It marks the earliest ever start for the tournament.

St. Jude TV specials air on BET
14 May 04 | Two of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's one-hour television specials can be found every weekend on BET, Time to Live and Saving Kids Like Me, hosted by St. Jude National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas.

St. Jude researchers create image of enzyme that orchestrates natural genetic engineering
13 Apr 04 | New insight into the structure of a virus enzyme that orchestrates a natural type of genetic engineering in bacteria provides important clues into how similar enzymes control the same process in human cells during DNA replication and repair.

Molecular analyses of leukemia patients suggest strategies for better treatments
07 Apr 04 | The cure rate for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) might continue to rise with improved use of conventional therapies.

The Marguerite Piazza Gala
05 Apr 04 | Every day, patients and staff who walk along the corridors near Radiation Therapy at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are greeted by a painting of a dark-haired woman in a multi-colored dress.

Genetic trick makes gene therapy vectors more versatile
05 Apr 04 | A genetic trick used by viruses to replicate themselves has been adapted for laboratory use to build complex protein structures required by immune system cells, according to investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Disorderliness lets some proteins interact with a diversity of molecules
19 Mar 04 | Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have demonstrated for the first time that many proteins actually exploit disorderliness in their structure to perform a variety of different jobs.

Improving treatment of medulloblastoma
02 Mar 04 | A recently completed international pilot study brings researchers closer to an international clinical trial aimed at improving guidelines for treatment of medulloblastoma, a common type of childhood brain cancer.

Rb protein's role is key to understanding retinoblastoma
02 Mar 04 | The finding that a tumor-suppressor protein called Rb is required for proper development of the mouse retina is a major step toward understanding why some children develop the devastating eye cancer called retinoblastoma.

New way to lock DNA-slicing enzyme onto chromosomes could lead to novel anti-cancer drugs
24 Feb 04 | Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered a new way that an enzyme crucial to the cell's ability to decode genes and duplicate chromosomes can be turned into a poison inside cancer cells.

St. Jude study finds direct link between CBP gene and lymphoma
24 Feb 04 | Inactivation of the gene CBP in certain immature white blood cells of mice causes lymphoma, a type of cancer also found in humans. The cancer is accompanied by changes in the expression of specific genes associated with development of the disease.

St. Jude launches Spanish language Web site
23 Feb 04 | This week, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announces the launch of its Web site in Spanish, which will allow Spanish-speaking visitors to learn more about the lifesaving research at St. Jude in their native language.

Tourney serves up tennis, support for St. Jude
16 Feb 04 | It takes a lot of passion, hard work and talent to become one of the top tennis players in the world. This week, those who have worked their way to the top of their game will help another group that is just as passionate, hard-working and talented.

U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials announces partnership with St. Jude
16 Feb 04 | On Feb. 17-21, athletes from around the country will step into the squared circle in Tunica, Mississippi, to compete for a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials.

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