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Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., recognized with American Association for Cancer Research award
Date:3/25/2011

(MEMPHIS, Tenn. March 25, 2011) Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., a world renowned leukemia physician and researcher at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is the recipient of the 2011 Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

The AACR Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research is presented to a scientist who has made exceptional achievements in clinical cancer research. Pui will accept the award during the 102nd AACR Annual Meeting, in Orlando, Fla., in early April.

Pui is chair of the Department of Oncology at St. Jude and an American Cancer Society Professor. Additionally, he is co-leader of the hospital's Hematological Malignancies Program; medical director of the St. Jude International Outreach China Program; and holder of the Fahad Nassar Al-Rashid Chair of Leukemia Research.

"One of Dr. Pui's great strengths, beyond his unsurpassed wealth of knowledge about treating leukemia, is that he brings together a broad array of scientists and clinical investigators to participate in developing and conducting new ALL treatment protocols," said Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and CEO, and a long-time collaborator of Dr. Pui's. "He is like a great conductor drawing together the best musicians to create something that is extraordinary and far greater than any one person playing alone."

Pui has played a key 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.

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Contact: Summer Freeman
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901-595-3061
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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