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Georgia Tech hosts sickle cell disease symposium
Date:11/3/2010

l disease is a blood disorder, hematological perspectives have dominated, there is much to learn from other areas to include perspectives on public health, nutrition, health outcomes and surveillance. Future translational advances in the next century will only occur through integrated approaches that view the patient in total and draw on the tools and technologies of a variety of disciplines."

The symposium will gather experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the University of Southern California, the University of California San Francisco, the University of Minnesota, the University of Virginia, the University of the West Indies and Medical College of Georgia as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.

By bringing together scientists, policy experts and consumers, the organizers hope to build a true community amongst researchers aiming to develop treatments and possible cures for this disease. They also aim to strengthen existing partnerships and develop a blueprint for research that establishes the state of Georgia as an unrivaled leader in this field.

"Sickle cell disease is a very complicated and debilitating genetic blood disorder for which a cure and effective treatment strategies remain elusive, even 100 years after the initial discovery of the disease. By bringing together these groups, we seek to work across boundaries and deliver a blueprint for an integrated sickle cell research strategy," said Barabino.


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Contact: David Terraso
david.terraso@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-2966
Georgia Institute of Technology
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