Dr. James R. Downing is both the scientific and deputy director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and an executive vice president in the organization. A world leader in pediatric cancer research, Downing’s work is focused on understanding the genetic basis of cancer and using the information gained from this work to improve the treatment of children with cancer. He has dedicated more than two decades to making St. Jude the global leader in advances for childhood cancer.
In 2013, Dr. Downing was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a prestigious branch of the National Academy of Sciences. As scientific director, Downing oversees St. Jude's research enterprise, including the unprecedented Pediatric Cancer Genome Project (PCGP).
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