Sickle Cell Disease Association of America will hold its 48th annual national convention virtually this year from Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Saturday, Oct. 17. The four-day multidisciplinary convention addressing sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait draws hundreds of health care professionals, patients, families, community-based organizations, leaders and advocates.
“Our lineup of world-class speakers will present innovative and current best practice strategies and inspire and challenge our thinking about management and care and the latest scientific and clinical information about sickle cell disease,” said Beverley Francis-Gibson, president and CEO of Sickle Cell Disease Association. “There’s something for everyone at our convention this year.”
The keynote and honor lectures will be delivered by:

  • Baba Inusa is a professor of pediatric hematology with Evelina London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. Inusa will present the Charles F. Whitten, M.D., Memorial Lecture: “Sickle Cell Newborn Screening for Africa Lessons: A Collaborative Initiative.”
  • Brett P. Giroir is an admiral with the U.S. Public Health Service and assistant secretary for health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Giroir will present the Clarice D. Reid, M.D., Lecture: “Charting a New National Course for Sickle Cell Disease.”
  • Cato T. Laurencin is a professor at the University of Connecticut and CEO of The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Laurencin will present “The Interconnectedness of Race and Health: Calling a Spade a Spade.”

Additional convention events include business and grant meetings, exhibit hall presentations, advocacy lectures, clinical trial updates, educational workshops, medical reports, panel discussions, award presentations and social events. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and interact virtually with health care leaders and professionals and gain new relationships, knowledge and resources.
To learn more, see the convention program or register, visit