Sickle Cell Disease Research Abstracts Requested for Annual Convention

Strategic Alliance Partnership | <b>Sickle Cell Disease Association of America</b>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HANOVER, Md.—The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and Sickle Cell in Focus requested research abstract submissions by June 30 for the annual sickle cell disease convention this fall. Abstract topics include implementing the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 2020 Report: Sickle Cell Blueprint for Action, community-based, basic and translational research and clinical and psychosocial research about sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait.

Held virtually Oct. 11 to 15, the convention “Joining Forces for Our Future” will foster the exchange of the latest scientific and clinical information about sickle cell disease through symposia, training seminars, panel discussions and activities designed to educate, motivate and mobilize the sickle cell community.

The convention will be held jointly by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and Sickle Cell in Focus, a conference co-hosted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the University of West Indies.

Abstracts must include a list of authors, research objectives, methods, results and conclusions and cannot exceed 1,000 words. If selected, authors must record a five-minute video and create a static poster to be judged during the virtual convention. To learn more and submit an abstract, visit bit.ly/SCDAA_Abstracts.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disease causing red blood cells to take a sickle shape, which leads to blockages that prevent blood from reaching parts of the body. As a result, people with sickle cell complications can experience anemia, jaundice, gallstones, stroke, chronic pain, organ damage, and premature death. No universal cure exists. (sicklecelldisease.net)

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America advocates for people affected by sickle cell conditions and empowers community-based organizations to maximize quality of life and raise public consciousness 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. (www.sicklecelldisease.org)