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    Morehouse School of Medicine Sickle Cell Disease Researchers Attend Workshop at the National Institutes of Health

    Atlanta - Fighting sickle cell disease is the mission of two Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM) Sickle Cell Disease Researchers who recently won travel awards to attend the two-day "Workshop on Vasculopathy in Sickle Disease" at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.

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    Contact: Gayle Converse / 404-756-6701 / gconverse@msm.edu

    Atlanta - Fighting sickle cell disease is the mission of two Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM) Sickle Cell Disease Researchers who recently won travel awards to attend the two-day "Workshop on Vasculopathy in Sickle Disease" at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

    Beatrice Gee, M.D., assistant professor in MSM's Department of Pediatrics and medical director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell and Hematology Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Hughes Spalding Hospital in Atlanta, and Kwaku Asare, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow of the MSM Genomics and Hemoglobinopathies Training Program (MGHTP ) in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Immunology, received travel awards from the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Blood Diseases Program to attend the event August 27-28 2008.

    The Workshop provided a forum for investigators from diverse disciplines to share new data and exchange ideas to stimulate new translational research opportunities in Sickle Cell Disease.

    Gee presented "Dominant Role for SDF-1 in the Vasculo-angiogenesis Phenotype in Children with Sickle Cell Disease." Asare's presentation was entitled "Plasma interleukin-1ß concentration predicts risk of stroke in sickle cell disease."


    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.