Roland B. Scott Memorial Symposium
"Glimmers of Hope for Sickle Cell Disease: 2021"
This event explored treatments for sickle cell disease and included interactive panel discussions on stigma, sexuality, aging, and insurance. Click below to view the event recording or to explore our previous 2019 event.
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 2021 sponsors were: Gold: GBT Pharmaceuticals, Medunik USA; Silver: Faces of Our Children, Health Services for Children with Special Needs, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.