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Release Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:51 PM
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Rachel Mann
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Caitlyn Camacho
Children’s National Health System
Phone: 301-244-6737

Howard University to Co-Host Science Café 360°: Sickle Cell Disease – Painful and Prevalent in DC

A community event for anyone interested in health and research

WASHINGTON (July 14, 2014) - The Community Advisory Boards within Children's National Medical Center, George Washington University, Howard University, and Georgetown University will host a community event “Science Café 360°: Sickle Cell Disease – Painful and Prevalent in DC” on Tuesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at Busboys and & Poets (1025 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001).  The event is supported by a NIH Clinical and Translational Award Grant. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit here.

  • What: Science Café 360° is a casual space for open dialogue between community members, medical researchers, and social scientists. Clinical researchers will demystify what they do, how they do it, and why they think it may help DC residents. Sickle cell disease is a hereditary blood disorder that is painful and particularly prevalent in DC. Learn what you can do to help advance care, research, and support for people living with sickle cell disease. Community members - anyone from the casually interested to health activists, from citizen patients to street scholars - will probe, debate, and share ideas that come from living the experience.

  • Who: This Science Café 360° is focused on living with sickle cell disease as an adult and will feature or a conversation with Dr. Susan Perrine-Faller from Howard University as she discusses research pertaining to sickle cell disease. This café is a follow-up to the pediatric sickle cell science café that we hosted in January 2014.

  • When:             Tuesday, July 22
                            6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

                            Light refreshments will be served

  • Where:           Busboys & Poets 1025 5th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
                           Parking is available
    . Accessible via Metro at Gallery Place-Chinatown or Mount Vernon Sq/Convention Center

  • RSVP:            The event is free but registration is required. Register here:

Background:  Science Café 360° is an on-going series of events to provide a casual space for researchers to connect with District communities, and for the public to provide their perspective on medical research. All Science Cafés are devoted to pressing local community health needs. The two Science Cafés in 2013 focused on asthma and mental health, and one in early 2014 discussed bone marrow transplants for sickle cell disease. Future events will include topics such as reproductive/sexual health and obesity.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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