Roland B. Scott Memorial Symposium
The Roland B. Scott Memorial Symposium, "Preparing the Next Generation of Advocates for Sickle Cell Disease Care" was held on Tuesday May 7, 2019 at the Howard University Hospital W. Lester Henry "Tower" Auditorium. Thank you to those who came out to this great event, or joined us online! The webcast can be viewed by clicking the button above.
Dr. Roland B. Scott was the chairman of Department of Pediatrics at Howard when it was established in 1949. Dr. Scott had a life-long dedication to individuals with sickle cell disease. His 1948 paper on the prevalence of sickling in newborn blood samples was a precursor of the newborn screening programs that were later implemented nationwide. Dr. Scott established the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease and was the Center Director until his retirement in 1990. Due in part to his efforts, the 1971 Sickle Cell Disease Control Act was passed and eventually led to the establishment of the Sickle Cell Disease Program at the NIH that funded 10 comprehensive sickle cell centers. Dr. Scott's legacy continues through lectures such as those presented in this symposium. We
gratefully honor and remember his outstanding contributions.
This Symposium has additional funding started by Dr. Scott himself, however Rana Pediatric Fund supports in part the planning and implementation of the event. Additional 2019 sponsors were Faces of Our Children, and Sickle Cell Disease Association of the National Capital Area.