James R. Downing, MD
Inaugural AACR-St. Baldrick’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pediatric Cancer Research

James R. Downing, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee
Director, Molecular Pathology Laboratory
Donald Pinkel Chair of Childhood Cancer Treatment

For his revolutionary research efforts dedicated to characterizing the genomics of pediatric cancer to inform the development of better treatments for children afflicted with cancer and for contributing to the creation and implementation of the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, which has led to a number of landmark discoveries in the biology of brain tumors, leukemia, cancer of the peripheral nervous system, and tumors of the eye.

The AACR-St. Baldrick’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pediatric Cancer Research was established in 2019 to recognize major research discoveries in pediatric cancer research and to honor an individual who has significantly contributed to any area of pediatric cancer research, resulting in the fundamental improvement of the understanding and/or treatment of pediatric cancer. Uniquely, the award recipient is also afforded the opportunity to nominate junior faculty at the assistant professor level or equivalent, who are affiliated with an academic institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related sciences, to be considered to receive a one-year, $75,000 AACR-St. Baldrick’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship. To learn more, please visit the press release.