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Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., honored by the American Society of Hematology for work in childhood cancer
Date:7/7/2011

Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., an eminent leader in the research and treatment of pediatric leukemia at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Henry M. Stratton Medal from the American Society of Hematology (ASH). The award recognizes the progress Pui has made in the fight against this blood cancer during the past three decades.

Named after the late Henry Maurice Stratton, co-founder of Grune and Stratton, the medical publishing house that first published ASH's journal Blood, the award honors a senior investigator whose contributions to hematology are well recognized and have taken place over a period of several years. Pui will accept the medal in December during the 53rd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

"Dr. Pui has dedicated his career to advancing the research and treatment of pediatric leukemia," said Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and CEO. "This honor recognizes his leadership contributions as a translational researcher, physician and educator. His work has shaped how pediatric leukemia is treated worldwide."

Pui has played a central role in a series of treatment protocols responsible for raising cure rates of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer, from about 70 percent in the early 1980s to an unprecedented 90 percent at St. Jude today. His work has shown that cranial irradiation, once regarded as a standard treatment for childhood ALL, can be omitted altogether, thus sparing patients from devastating side effects and enhancing their quality of life. More recently, his treatment approach resulted in a remarkably high cure rateapproaching 90 percentin older adolescents with ALL.

Pui's team also pioneered the use of pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics to individualize chemotherapy and to optimize the use of existing drugs. He and his colleagues also have used genome-wide analysis to accurately classify leukemias, to identify coop
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Contact: Summer Freeman
summer.freeman@stjude.org
901-595-3061
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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