The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America will be holding 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 the sickle cell trait attracts hundreds of health professionals. professionals, patients, families, community organizations, leaders and advocates.
“Our range of world-class speakers will present innovative and current best practice strategies and inspire and challenge our thinking on management and care and the latest scientific and clinical information on sickle cell disease,” said Beverley Francis-Gibson, President and CEO of the Sickle Cell Association of America. “There is something for everyone at our convention this year.
The main and honorary lectures will be given by:
Dr Kim Smith-Whitley is Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development at Global Blood Therapeutics, and Teonna Woolford is Founder and CEO of The Sickle Cell Reproductive Health Education Directive. Woolford lives with sickle cell anemia. Smith-Whitley and Woolford will present the Charles F. Whitten, MD Memorial Lecture: “Sickle Cell Disease and Access to Reproductive Health Services: A Lawyer Perspective”.
Dr Gary H. Gibbons heads the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Gibbons will present the Clarice D. Reid, MD lecture: “Accelerating Innovative Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease”.
Other convention events include business and grant meetings, exhibit hall presentations, advocacy conferences, clinical trial updates, educational workshops, medical reports, panel discussions , award presentations and social events. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and interact virtually with leaders and healthcare professionals and gain new relationships, knowledge and resources.
To find out more, consult the congress program or register, visit www.sicklecelldisease.org/get-involved/events/annual-national-convention.