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 2016 APHOES/AECMN Conference

Keynote Speakers


James R. Downing, M.D., is president and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He became the hospital’s sixth chief executive officer July 15, 2014. 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. Downing was instrumental in launching the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project (PCGP). The project made TIME magazine’s 2012 list of top 10 medical breakthroughs. In 2013, Downing was a finalist on TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He has received numerous honors, including the Association for Molecular Pathology Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics, which recognizes lifetime, pioneering achievement, particularly in regard to molecular diagnostics and molecular medicine. In 2013, Downing was elected to the Institute of Medicine, a prestigious branch of the National Academy of Sciences. Downing is a Detroit native who earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. He joined St. Jude in 1986 after training in anatomic pathology at Washington University in St. Louis and completing a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He became scientific director and executive vice president in 2004 and deputy director in 2011. Downing has been supported throughout his career by his lovely wife, Mariea. They are the proud parents of three children, Melissa, Suzy and Michael, and have three grandkids, Jude, Lucy and Charlie. He enjoys cycling on the weekends. 

Françoise Mathieu is director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions Inc., whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to self-care, wellness, burnout, and compassion fatigue. She is a Certified Mental Health Counselor and a Compassion Fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from 18+ years in the field, working in a variety of settings such as crisis counseling in a community mental health clinic and hospital ER, providing psychological counseling to the military, police and correctional staff and working in the domestic violence field. Françoise’s positive outlook and commitment to helping clients grow are hallmarks of her work. Françoise is one of the leaders in Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma education in Canada. Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars across the country to thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, trauma services, law enforcement, education, and addiction treatment. Françoise resides in Kingston, Ontario but was raised even further north. Incidentally, both of her parents were school teachers in the small community where she was brought up. She is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook and The Compassion Fatigue Train the Trainer Workbook.

Multiple Disciplines, One Mission

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