Dream Maker Inc. Fellowship in SCD

The Division of Haematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), in partnership with Dream Legacy Foundation and the Black Innovation Fellowship Program at Ryerson University, is pleased to launch the Dream Maker Inc. Fellowship in Sickle Cell Disease in September 2020. Directed at paediatricians in sub-Saharan Africa who have completed Paediatric Residency within the last 5 years and have demonstrated interest in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), this will be an exc...
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Hematologist, Sickle Cell Disease Researcher, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria

Her Story: Ten years ago, Obiageli Nnodu, M.D., had an established career as a hematologist working mainly in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of bone cancer. But one day, troubled by statistics showing that some 150,000 children in her native Nigeria were being born each year with sickle cell disease, she switched gears and devoted herself to doing something about it. Today, Nnodu is the principal investigator in Nigeria for the Sickle Pan African Research Consortium (SPARCo)...
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World Sickle Cell Day 2019: The Debt the Black Race owes the Sickle Cell Disease Patient

Professor Adekunle Adekile Introduction As we celebrate this year’s World Sickle Cell Day, Nigerians need to take a pause and appreciate what the disease means to us as nation, in particular and to the Black race, in general. I wonder how many Nigerians are aware that the country is the epicenter of the disease worldwide with the highest prevalence figures. While there are about 300,000 babies born with the disease in the world every year, about half of these are born in Nigeria! Indeed, ...
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Rapid Result Test On Track to Transform Sickle Cell Disease Screening for Millions

Soon after birth, a baby in the United States is tested for sickle cell disease, the often-devastating genetic blood disorder affecting more than 100,000 Americans and 20 million of people worldwide. If positive, that newborn typically begins a course of treatment that can greatly prolong life and help stave off complications of the disease. But in sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of sickle cell disease cases can be found—and where resources are scant—newborn screening programs are virtua...
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Research and Training Opportunities – Sickle In Africa

Author Aid Research Writing in the Sciences The free course is designed for researchers in developing countries, particularly those working in a scientific field (life sciences / natural sciences / other related fields). It is suitable for early career researchers, or those with limited experience in publishing papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals. Starts 4 September Enrollment open now. https://www.authoraid.info/en/news/details/1316/ ------------------------------------...
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Mobilizing partnerships to impact sickle cell disease in Africa

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a neglected health problem in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where more than half of affected individuals die before their 5th birthday due to preventable complications. In response, a “Sickle-cell anemia” resolution (WHA59.20) was passed at the 59th World Health Assembly in 2006, urging Member States and the WHO Director-General to promote and support actions to address SCD. That was followed in 2010 with adoption by the WHO Regional Office for Africa of “Sickle-cell...
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Uche Ndidi Defends His PhD

A recipient of the FIOCRUZ scholarship - Uche Ndidi defends his PhD thesis on "Effect of Carboxymethyl lysine, anadvanced glycation end product, on sickle cell disease” at the INSTITUTO GONÇALO MONIZ-FUNDAÇÁO OSWALDO CRUZ (IGM-FIOCRUZ), Bahia, Brazil in the Curso de Pós-Graduação em Biotecnologia em Saúde e Medicina Investigativa (PgBSMI) (Postgraduate course in Biotechnology in health and Investigative Medicine) on June 19, 2018.  
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