New Sickle Cell Disease Center at Johns Hopkins University

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects more than 70,000 Americans. While sufferers of the disease can be of any race, the vast majority of people who have the disease are African American.

Thus the formation of a sickle cell disease center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is of particular interest to black Americans. The center will include primary care facilities for sickle cell patients and research laboratories. The center will also offer counseling and education services for sickle cell patients and their families and will sponsor the work of a faculty member in sickle cell disease research. A summer internship program for high school students interested in working in sickle cell research will also be offered by the center.

The new sickle cell disease center at Johns Hopkins University is made possible by a $5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Arthur L. Burnett II, a professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will head up the research arm of the center.