Through our symposia and workshops we raise awareness about the need for study the issues surrounding sickle cell disease (SCD). This is also an opportunity to determine the most effective, efficient ways to treat SCD, especially in low-income countries and to discuss the development of research studies that will help clarify the scope of the problem of SCD around the world.
Below are a listing of the GSCDN symposia and workshops that have taken place thus far.
Date: March 2012
On March 14 and 15, 2012, 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.
Date: July 2010
On July 20-23, 2010 The Global Sickle Cell Disease Network partnered with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Government of Ghana, The Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana, and The Sickle Cell Disease International Organization (OILD) to hold the First Global Congress on Sickle Cell Disease. This landmark event took place in Accra, Ghana and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first published paper on sickle cell disease.
Date: March 2010
During this conference a special session was held entitled: "Sickle Cell Disease: Advancing Global Surveillance and Research through a Global SCD Network".
Date: January 2009
The meeting commenced with the official opening ceremony for the newly expanded National Sickle Cell Disease Centre by the Government of the Republic of Benin, with opening remarks by the Minister of Health and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The three day session included; presentations that introduced the problem of SCD to a general audience, discussions and planning for a GSCDN, plenary sessions given by expert speakers, small study group breakout sessions and finally round table discussions.
Date: May 2008
Presentation given by Dr. Isaac Odame on the topic of “Sickle Cell Disease: Global Impact and the Case for Partnerships between Research Groups in Rich and Poor Countries.”