Sickle cell disease: a molecular gem and global public health issue
07 September 2016 12:00 to 13:00 EDT
220 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge MA - USA
Speaker: Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana
Seminar Abstract: Sickle cell disease (SCD), the “first molecular disease”, has given modern medical science much information about human genetics, natural selection, and complex disease management. From its origins and relationships with malaria, SCD has been a global disease, however, its impact on public health, especially in developing countries with high prevalence, is unappreciated. The challenge for medical science and public health is to combine efforts is to solve this auspicious, molecular Pandora’s box.
Entry instructions: There is no cost to attend the seminar. If you are interested in attending please contact Meghan Somers. Please check in with security at the Novartis visitor's entrance of 220 Massachusetts Avenue and you will be directed to the location of the seminar.
Speaker | Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD
Dr. Ohene-Frempong, originally from Ghana, received undergraduate and medical education at Yale University, USA. After residency in pediatrics at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, he completed a pediatric hematology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), University of Pennsylvania. With a long career in sickle cell disease Dr. Ohene-Frempong is currently Professor-Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, Attending Hematologist and Director Emeritus of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, CHOP, and President of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana. He is also Programme Coordinator, National Newborn Screening Programme for Sickle Cell Disease in Ghana.