The New York Academy of Sciences
Towards Transformative Therapies for Sickle Cell Disease
Posted March 06, 2018
Every year, more than 300,000 people are born with sickle cell disease (SCD), a blood disorder marked by frequent vaso-occlusive crises (VOC) in which patients experience fatigue and extreme pain. These crises can lead to organ damage and in the long term, early mortality. To date, the FDA has only approved two treatments for the disease. But improved insight into the complex pathophysiology of SCD has led to the recent development of diverse approaches for treatment, including inhibition of hemoglobin polymerization, prevention and treatment of vaso-occlusive events, and disease corrective gene therapy approaches.
On October 24, 2017, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Biochemical Pharmacology Discussion Group presented Towards Transformative Therapies for Sickle Cell Disease. The event brought together leading researchers and scientists from across the field to discuss key biological mechanisms of the disease and innovative new approaches for treatment, while underscoring the importance of the patient experience.