St. Jude Researcher Wins National Honor

Dr. Ching-Hon Pui of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be receiving the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2012 Pediatric Oncology Award during a national conference in June.

Pui is chair of the hospital’s Department of Oncology. He’s also co-leader of St. Jude’s Hematological Malignancies Program, medical director of the St. Jude International Outreach China Program, and is the Fahad Nassar Al-Rashid Chair of Leukemia Research.

Pui is being recognized for innovations in treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children, along with better understanding the disease’s biology. During his 30 years of work in this area, he and colleagues have developed genetically targeted therapies and ended the use of cranial irradiation, which could cause long-term side effects in patients. This also helped boost cure rates for older adolescents with ALL.

Overall, the cure rate for kids with ALL today is 90 percent, according to hospital information.

At the national conference in Chicago, Pui is expected to talk about achieving a total cure for the disease using personalized therapy. Pui joined St. Jude in 1977.

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