National convention

Sickle Cell Association Holds 49th Annual National Convention Virtually

HANNOVER, Maryland—The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America will hold its 49th annual national convention virtually this year from Tuesday, October 12 through Saturday, October 16. The five-day multidisciplinary convention on sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait attracts hundreds of healthcare professionals, patients, families, community organizations, leaders and advocates.

“Our group of world-class speakers will present innovative and current best practice strategies and inspire and challenge our thinking about management and care and the latest scientific and clinical information on sickle cell disease,” said Beverley Francis-Gibson, President. and CEO of the American Sickle Cell Association. “There is something for everyone at our convention this year.

The opening and honorary lectures will be delivered by:

  • Dr. Kim Smith-Whitley is executive vice president and head of research and development at Global Blood Therapeutics, and Teonna Woolford is the founder and CEO of the Sickle Cell Reproductive Health Education Guideline. Woolford lives with sickle cell disease. Smith-Whitley and Woolford will present the Charles F. Whitten, MD Memorial Lecture: “Sickle Cell and Access to Reproductive Health Services: An Advocate’s Perspective”.
  • Dr. Gary H. Gibbons directs the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Gibbons will present Clarice D. Reid, MD’s talk: “Accelerating Innovative Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease”.

Other convention events include business and grant meetings, exhibit hall presentations, advocacy talks, clinical trial updates, educational workshops, medical reports, panel discussions , awards and social events. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect and interact virtually with leaders and healthcare professionals and gain new relationships, knowledge and resources.

For more information, see the convention program or to register, visit convention.

sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to take on a sickle shape, resulting in blockages that prevent blood from reaching certain parts of the body. As a result, people with sickle cell complications can suffer from anemia, jaundice, gallstones, strokes, chronic pain, organ damage, and premature death. No universal remedy exists. (

American Sickle Cell Association advocates for those affected by sickle cell disease and empowers community organizations to maximize quality of life and raise awareness while advancing the search for a universal cure. The association and more than 50 member organizations support sickle cell research, public and professional health education, and patient and community services. (

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