St. Jude Story: Training the next generation of researchers


    Inside the new Marlo Thomas Center, there are twelve PhD students enrolled.

    If you want to work with world-renowned researchers to help find cures for rare childhood cancers, there is one place you might want to apply.

    Students at the new graduate school at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. could help save lives and maybe even find a cure.

    FOX26 Ten O'clock News anchor Gia Vang traveled to Memphis to learn more about the program.

    Not a lot of people know that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a school, but it does.

    Inside the new Marlo Thomas Center, there are twelve PhD students enrolled.

    Brian Walton, Associate Dean, St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, says the students are the future generation of researchers. "It’s a new venture but really it’s a continuation of the mission of mister Danny Thomas," said Walton. "What we’re doing here is we are training the future generation of scientist."

    The twelve students are in the first year of the 5-year program.

    "Students will be in the classroom environment for that first year and then spend three to four years in the research laboratory working with world-renowned faculty to produce a dissertation publications and potentially the next break through," said Walton.

    Walton says there isn't tuition for the next generation of researchers either. "The funding that’s provided through the generosity of donors through the entire institution enables our students to even travel to research conferences throughout the world to collaborate more fully."

    These students will soon be helping people like Nadine and her son Braxton, who have been at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for months.

    Braxton has a rare form of cancer attacking his brain.

    Naidine said, "It’s scary but you do what you need to. Being so young and you’re leaving everyone at home, it’s just you and him, and dad has to stay home."

    It's kids just like Braxton that Brian Walton hopes the students will some day be able to help.

    You can help kids like Baxton, too, by reserving your ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

    All you have to do is call 1-800-543-5887.

    One lucky person’s name will be drawn on October 28th to win that home!

    Get your ticket by September 7th to be eligible to win a $10,000 Designer Shopping Spree, courtesy of The Mosings and Rogers Jewelry Co!

    Your early bird ticket also makes you eligible to win the house and other amazing prizes.


    FOX26 is very excited to again be the official television partner of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

    Click here to learn more about the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

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