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Virtual – Sixth Annual Chicago Sickle Cell Summit


Thursday, September 28, 2023    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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A free, virtual event for people with sickle cell disease, caregivers, researchers and health providers highlighting the latest successes and challenges of helping people with sickle cell disease thrive throughout all stages of life

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

Join UI Health and other organizations for the sixth annual Chicago Sickle Cell Summit on Sep. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s summit theme is Thriving with Sickle Cell Disease: Optimizing Care Through all Stages of Life.” It will highlight the latest trends, successes, challenges, and barriers to propelling the lives of people with sickle cell disease beyond survival/sustenance to thriving.

The summit will feature keynote speaker Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney.  She is the CEO and medical director of the Michigan chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) and cared for children living with sickle cell disease at Children’s Hospital of Michigan for the past 30 years. Her late father was a co-founder of the national SCDAA and a pioneer in sickle cell education and outreach.

Other topics and speakers will include:

  • Genetics and the foundations of care with speakers Kay Saving, Marwah Farooqui and Lewis Hsu
  • Emerging care, medicines and treatments with speakers Franklin Njoku, Damiano Rondelli and Joseph Colla
  • Making connections to quality care

See the Sickle Cell Summit flyer for more details.

The summit is free for all participants.

Register online for the summit and read more about the speakers.