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Roland B. Scott Memorial Symposium
May 19,2023

"I Want Sombody

To Love"

This event explored stigma, relationships and reproductive issues for those living with sickle cell disease. It included two panels and a town hall, as well as awards and memorials. Click below to view agenda, donate, or explore our previous events.



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 2023 sponsors are:

Gold:  Faces of Our Children, Inc

Silver:  Pfizer, Emmaus Life Sciences  

Bronze:  William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund, Elise Holgate Foundation, Sickle Cell Reproductive Health Education Directive (SC RED), Affinity Health Affairs

Booth Level and Other Contributers: Medunik, Inc., Christopher Gipson Sickle Cell Moya-Moya Foundation, Tova Community Health, Sickle Cell Association of the National Capital Area Inc. (SCANCA), Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.- Prince George's County Chapter, Pain Meets Power, Elle Cole, William Lawson, Siraj Islam

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