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Faces of Sickle Cell: Include Us in Clinical Trials

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by Isabel M. Estrada-Portales

They ranged in age from 15 to 61—four African-Americans, all with stories to tell about their struggles with sickle cell disease, all with stories about a common experience that helped them through those struggles: participating in clinical trials.

The panelists, who had joined trials funded by NIH, spoke to a standing-room-only session at the Annual Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Research Meeting, hosted in August by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources.

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