We hope everyone had safe and happy holiday celebrations! Here's a little greeting from the St. Jude faculty and staff.
Last week we held our first St. Jude Global Alliance meeting here in Memphis, Tennessee. We welcomed 167 participants from 52 different countries to this inaugural meeting. Dr. Downing, CEO, spoke about St. Jude's plan (the first of its kind) to influence the care of over 30% of the world's children suffering with cancer over the next decade. Essentially, the goal is to influence care through education of the global clinical workforce treating cancer, strengthening health systems caring for children with cancer, and advancing knowledge through cutting-edge research. We are excited about this initiative and its implications for children worldwide.
In 1987 our founder, Danny Thomas, declared AIDS a catastrophic disease of children. Shortly after St. Jude introduced its first HIV/AIDS clinic for children. Today, more than 250 patients are part of our Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trial Unit, which is designated as a "Center of Excellence" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This past weekend we acknowledged World Aids Day (December 1st), all the children suffering around the world with this disease, and the strides St. Jude Researchers and Clinicians are making to educate, treat, and prevent childhood HIV/AIDS.
Are you a practicing Genetic Counselor or studying to be a Genetic Counselor? Are you planning on attending the National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Conference next week in Atlanta? We will be there to discuss the Genetic Counseling program at St. Jude and the unique and rewarding job opportunities we have available. Make sure you come visit our booth!
Memphis, Tennessee, home to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, was named one of the 25 best cities in America to find a job this year. Click the "Jobs" link above to view our available positions!
We are wrapping up a fantastic week in San Diego, California at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting! This week some of the leading minds in the field of Human Genetics at St. Jude had the priviledge of sharing how we are using data from genetic testing techniques to guide patient care and to provide life-saving solutions for our patients.
Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! Click the link below to read about what motivates and inspires just a few of our Hispanic staff members who are working to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.
St. Jude has your coffee break covered. Take 15 and stop by Starbucks for caffeine and a conversation about your career with St. Jude Clinical Research Recruiter John Stukenborg. Schedule your break now: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQr40
New global childhood cancer effort among World Health Organization, St. Jude and global partners aims to cure at least 60 percent of children with six of the most common kinds of cancer worldwide by 2030.
At St. Jude we are constantly working to discover new life-saving treatments, but we must ensure that these treatments are reaching children around the world, regardless of if they are patients at our hospital. We know that the best way to do this is to share information and ideas with other cancer institutions and physicians around the world. We do this through our new St. Jude Global program. This program ensures that children have access to quality care and treatment, no matter where they live. The Biden Cancer Initiative has just named St. Jude Global as one of their FiERCE Award inaugural recipients for our effort toward reducing cancer disparities. We are honored to be recognized for this as it is so important to us as an institution.