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Global Sickle Cell Expert to Speak at 2014 Indiana Sickle Cell Conference

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative is pleased to announce that Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, a world renowned expert on Sickle Cell Disease, will be the keynote speaker at its 2014 Indiana Sickle Cell Conference.  The conference will be held on April 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The venue for the conference has not yet been selected but an announcement on the location will be coming soon.


Dr. Ohene-Frempong directs the Center’s pediatric hematologists, nurse specialists, social workers, child psychologists and counselors in the care of more than 600 children and adolescents who have sickle cell disease. In addition to coordinating this patient care, Dr. Ohene-Frempong oversees the research activities of the Center and conducts research projects. He is presently testing new treatments for children with sickle cell disease. He has also developed a project for testing newborns for sickle cell disease in Ghana.


Dr. Ohene-Frempong served as a member of the Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health (1986-1990), and chaired the Committee his final two years. In 1991, he was elected President of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America; a position that was later renamed the Chief Medical Officer. He completed his 2-term office in 1998. He continues to serve as a member of the national Board of Directors of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and was elected as Chairman of the Board in September 2003.


Currently, Dr. Ohene-Frempong is a full-time member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he is Professor of Pediatrics. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and is an Attending Hematologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Dr. Ohene-Frempong has also received notoriety for his athletic accomplishments. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) gave him the Silver Anniversary Award in 1975, an award that recognizes six distinguished former student-athletes on their 25th anniversary as college graduates. In 1999, he was named an inaugural inductee into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame together with Arthur Ashe, Senator Bill Bradley, Justice Byron White, Paul Robeson, Plato, and others. And in November 2001, as part of Yale University’s 300th Anniversary Celebration, Dr. Ohene-Frempong was selected as one of nine former athletes of Yale selected as inaugural recipients of the William H. W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award.


MCSCI is honored to have such a distinguished individual accept its invitation to visit Indianapolis to update local medical providers and other community members about current developments and trends in the field of Sickle Cell treatment and research.  This third annual conference is a collaborative effort between MCSCI, the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.


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