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.
The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment.
Research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children, identifying cures for such diseases and promoting their prevention. Research is focused specifically on cancers, acquired and inherited immunodeficiencies and genetic disorders.
The current basic and clinical research at St. Jude includes work in bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy, the biochemistry of normal and cancerous cells, radiation treatment, blood diseases, resistance to therapy, viruses, hereditary diseases, influenza, pediatric AIDS and psychological effects of catastrophic illnesses. St. Jude also conducts long-term biostatistical investigations on its patients and is the only pediatric research hospital supported by a National Cancer Institute cancer center support grant.
St. Jude continues an extensive expansion program to bolster the hospital’s research/treatment efforts, more than doubling the size of the original St. Jude campus. The expansion includes a recently opened GMP building, the nation’s only pediatric research center on-site facility for production of highly specialized medicines and vaccines; an Integrated Research Center, housing a Children’s Infection Defense Center; and an expanded Immunology Department. Future growth will include a new Integrated Patient Care and Research Building where rapidly evolving CT (computerized tomography) and MR (magnetic resonance) technology will keep St. Jude at the cutting edge for radiation therapy in a pediatric/adolescent setting.