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Sickle cell anemia


Other Names for this Disease
  • HbS disease
  • Hemoglobin S Disease
  • Sickling disorder due to hemoglobin S
  • Sickle cell disease
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News & Events


ORDR Co-Sponsored Conferences

  • 2016 Rare Disease Day at NIH, Monday, February 29, 2016
    Location: Building 10, Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
    Description: The 2016 Rare Disease Day at NIH will take place on February 29. The event, sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, aims to raise awareness about rare diseases, the patients they affect and the research collaborations that are addressing rare disease challenges. The day will feature tours, posters and exhibits, and presentations.

  • Gene Transfer and Rare Diseases Workshop, Thursday, September 13, 2012
    Location: Rockville Hilton, Rockville, Maryland
    Description: The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities and Office of Rare Disease Research, NCATS, are co-sponsoring a workshop to discuss the advances in and challenges of gene transfer for rare diseases. There have been recent promising clinical successes in gene transfer protocols for rare diseases, such as retinal degeneration, hemophilia, and immune disorders. Investigators will discuss their results to date and opportunities and challenges for extending these successes to other similar rare diseases. The panel discussions will focus on strategies for maximizing opportunities for data sharing or platform development.

  • Newborn Screening in the Genomic Era: Setting a Research Agenda, Monday, December 13, 2010 - Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    Location: Rockville, MD
    Description: This meeting allowed leaders in the fields of genomics and newborn screening to learn from each other and together explore new ways to advance research on new genomic technologies, potential health applications for newborn screening and beyond, and related ELSI issues.

  • James B. Herrick Symposium - Sickle Cell Disease Care and Research: Past, Present, and Future, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    Location: NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
    Description: To mark the centennial of the publication of Herrick’s case report, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the James B. Herrick Symposium - Sickle Cell Disease Care and Research: Past, Present, and Future held on November 16-17, 2010, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. National and international experts in sickle cell care and research examined the history and societal impact of the disease and placed the disease within the context of existing and future basic, translational, and clinical research. Invited speakers addressed unresolved challenges and the ongoing burden of the disease. They also focused on genetic, cellular, and clinical perspectives across the lifespan as well as existing therapeutic options and possible future treatments.

  • Thrombospondins and other Matricellular Proteins in Tissue Organization and Homeostasis, Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Friday, July 23, 2010
    Location: Snowmass Village Conference Center, Snowmass, Colorado
    Description: The purpose of this conference was to focus on the important group of matricellular proteins that have context-specific functions in all major body tissues and are now appreciated to have roles in multiple physiological and pathophysiological processes including development, human genetic diseases, inflammation and wound healing, diabetes, renal disease, heart disease, lung disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer. The objectives of this meeting were to enhance, inspire, and accelerate fundamental research and translational applications in this area by bringing together active researchers and complementary experts who would not otherwise have an opportunity to meet and exchange data, ideas, and reagents. Importantly, a goal of this conference was to further the development of young scientists in the field by engaging them through meaningful interactions with senior scientists and exposing them to the field in its broadest context.

  • Working Group on Sickle Cell Disease: Inflammation, Thrombrosis and Vascular Injury, Wednesday, October 28, 2009
    Location: Bethesda, MD
    Description: The goals of the working group were to identify research priorities for translational II research in sickle cell disease. The working group was designed to foster cross-disciplinary communication and to ensure that other disciplines and skill sets are included in sickle cell research. These priorities—the study designs, methods, disciplines, and skill sets—will be included in an RFA on this topic.

  • Workshop on Nutrient Metabolism in the Genetic Anemias and Dietary Supplements of Potential Benefit to Patients with Sickle Cell Disease, Tuesday, May 25, 1999
    Location: Bethesda, MD

Other Conferences

  • NIH Consensus Development Conference
    Hydroxyurea Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease
    February 25, 2008 – February 27, 2008
    Click here to learn more about this conference.
Other Names for this Disease
  • HbS disease
  • Hemoglobin S Disease
  • Sickling disorder due to hemoglobin S
  • Sickle cell disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.