Global Sickle Cell Disease Network Conference

The Global Sickle Cell Disease Conference was held in conjunction with The 2nd National Conference on Blood Disorders in Public Health, March 12 to 14, 2012 and The 2nd Meeting of the Worldwide Initiative on Social Studies on Hemoglobinopathies, March 16, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Also see Workshop Information for details on the follow-up workshop held on March 15, 2012.

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The Global Sickle Cell Disease Network: Progress and Plans

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Presented by Dr. Isaac Odame, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, at the GSCDN Conference in Atlanta, March 14-15, 2012.

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    Global Sickle Cell Disease Network: Partnerships with International Agencies


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    Presented by Jacques Elion, Robert Debré Mother & Child University Hospital, Paris, France; and Mohamed Cherif Rahimy, National Sickle Cell Disease Center, Cotonou, Benin, at the GSCDN Conference in Atlanta, March 14-15, 2012.

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    Focus on Regional Networks: REDAC and CHARTA


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    Presented by Solomon Ofori-Acquah, Emory University, Atlanta, USA, at the GSCDN Conference in Atlanta, March 14-15, 2012.

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    Focus on Regional Networks: CAREST


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    Presented by Marvin Reid, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, at the GSCDN Conference in Atlanta, March 14-15, 2012.

Workshop Information


As a follow-up to the symposium, the workshop on March 15, 2012 brought colleagues together to focus on key research needed to implement cost-effective, evidence-based programs in developing countries, including what is needed in regional clinical and research centres.

Upon completion of the workshop presentations, participants broke off into four working groups for critical discussion and analysis.

Working group chairs have been tasked with producing discussion-based reports on key areas of SCD diagnosis and treatment, containing one or two vital research questions. Those questions will be developed into concrete, feasible action.

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    Infections in SCD


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    Presented by Stephen Obaro, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, USA, at the GSCDN Workshop in Atlanta, March 15, 2012.

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    Hyrdoxyurea Therapy in Low-Income Regions


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    Presented by Russell Ware, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA, at the GSCDN Workshop, March 15, 2012, Atlanta.

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    Genetic and Environmental Factors that Govern Phenotypic Diversity


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    Presented by Adekunle Adekile, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait, at the GSCDN Workshop in Atlanta, March 15, 2012.