SCDAA is excited to feature Dr. Amanda Brandow as a keynote speaker at the 47th Annual National Convention in October. In the 2019 Charles F. Whitten, MD Memorial Lecture, Dr. Brandow will address The Study of The Microbiome in Sickle Cell Disease Pain.” Dr. Brandow is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the section of hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplantation. Her research is focused on understanding the pathophysiology of acute and chronic pain in children and adults living with sickle cell disease. Dr. Brandow is active in advocating for comprehensive pain management for individuals living with sickle cell disease at the national level where she served on the US Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force and currently serves as Chair of the American Society of Hematology Evidence Based Sickle Cell Disease Management Guidelines for Acute and Chronic Pain.