Save the Date: The 52nd Annual National Convention will be held from October 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia!

SCDAA’s Annual National Convention fosters the exchange of the latest scientific and clinical information through innovative training seminars and educational workshops, interactive panel discussion, advocacy lectures and special events. Mark your calendar to join us in Atlanta this fall!

Please note: Abstract submissions are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted their work this year!

2023 Annual National Convention (Arlington, Virginia)

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2023 Convention Metrics

  • TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS: 549 (Virtual & In-person)

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Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners

2023 Champion Award: Ted Love, M.D.

2023 Community Health Worker Award: Darlene Young, Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award: Miguel Abboud, M.D.

2023 President’s Award: Derek Robertson, Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association

2023 Chairman’s Awards: David Braxton and JaKela Walker, SCDAA Board of Directors

2023 Advocacy Awards: Ashley Valentine and Marqus Valentine (In Memoriam), Sick Cells

2023 Abstract Winners

Orals Posters
Best Oral Presentation in Community-Based Research

Rise Up Campaign: Raising The Bar On Patient Involvement In Clinical Development: Golie L. Green, Blaze Eppinger, Charles Jonassaint, Mia Robinson, Wally Smith, Teonna Woolford, Janie Davis, Abdulafeez Oluyadi, Ahmar Zaidi, Holly John, Dominique Friend

Best Poster Presentation in Clinical Research

Early Identification of Chronic Pain in Children with Sickle Cell Disease: A Quality Improvement Initiative: Alicia Chang, Rachel Guess, Tyler Badding

Best Oral Presentation in Clinical Research

Edit-301 Shows Promising Preliminary Safety And Efficacy Results In The Phase I/Ii Clinical Trial (Ruby) Of Patients With Severe Sickle Cell Disease Using Highly Specific And Efficient Ascas12a Enzyme: Rabi Hanna, Haydar Frangoul, Christopher McKinney, Luis Pineiro, Markus Mapara, Kai-Hsin Chang, Michael Jaskolka, Keunpyo Kim, Maha Wally, Olubunmi Afonja, Adebayo Lawal, Mark C. Walters

Best Poster Presentation in Public Health – NASEM

Medicaid Access and Coverage Advocacy: Centering the Patient Voice: Mariah Scott, Emma Andelson, Maggie Jalowsky

Best Oral Presentation in Psychosocial Research

Patient and Family Opioid Decision-Making for Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease: Alyssa Schlenz, Shannon Phillips, Shannon D’Alton, Mary Johnson, Julie Kanter

Best Poster Presentation in Community-Based Research

Cost Feasibility Modeling Of Ride-sharing Program For An Adolescent Transition Program: Ryan Cooper, Lewis Hsu, Jocelyn Mallard, Ronisha Edwards – Elliott, Elizabeth Ford


Best Oral Presentation in Public Health/NASEM Report Implementation

Use Of Newborn Screening Action (Act) Sheets To Increase Referral Of Patients With Hemoglobinopathy Trait For Genetic Counseling By Primary Care Providers: Jillian Chance, Joan M. Lappe, Lindsey C. Leyden, Lori M. Rubarth

Best Poster Presentation in Psychosocial Research

Priority Topic: Dealing with Grief in Sickle Cell Disease: Elodie Ontala

Gamification Top Scorers

  1. Tokara Henry
  2. Golie Green
  3. Tangela & Bobby Bailey

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors!

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