8th Annual Sickle Cell Conference

Sickle Cell

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) will sponsor and host its 8th annual Sickle Cell Conference with the theme “Living Better with Sickle Cell Disease” on Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. The conference is a joint effort with experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Cone Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University, Atrium Health and the Pi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority.

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) affects approximately 100,000 Americans and our conference is for both health care providers and patients and families dealing with SCD to highlight many of the complications as well as treatments for this disease.

This year’s theme, “Living Better with Sickle Cell Disease” will provide knowledge about common medical and psychosocial complications of SCD and understanding patient-centered approaches to the care of individuals and families living with SCD. There will be a multitude of information to help patients and families understand the latest SCD research. The conference will include both lecture and Q&A panels to directly answer participants’ questions.

A new addition this year, DUSON is excited to present an art gallery with pieces submitted by individuals living with SCD.

National speakers include Kathy Hassell, MD, expert in SCD from the University of Colorado and Andrew Schamess, MD, who specializes in internal medicine trialing home-based primary care for individuals with SCD at Ohio State University.

Other speakers include Melissa Gordon-Pitts, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, Duke Adult Sickle Cell Clinic; Francis Keefe, PhD, Duke University Medical Center; Ifeyinwa Osunkwo, MD, MPH, Atrium Health and Levine Cancer Institute; Dominique Bulgin, PhD, Duke University School of Nursing and Paula Tanabe, PhD, RN, MPPH, FAEN, FAAN, Duke University School of Nursing; to name a few.

Cost of attendance is $25 per day for health care providers, $10 per day for students and no charge for individuals with sickle cell disease and their family members.

Contact hours will be awarded. An application has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association.

For more information or to register, visit this page or call 919-660-1760.

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