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Release Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:09 PM
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NIH Awards Center for Sickle Cell Disease $11 million in Grants

WASHINGTON (Aug. 20 2014) – The Center for Sickle Cell Disease, a division of Howard University Hospital, has garnered nearly $11 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to study HIV resistance in people with sickle cell disease and to support the the development of  the new Center for Hemoglobin Research in Minorities, known as CHaRM.
“These grants put Howard University in the forefront of advanced research,” said Sergei Nekhai, Ph.D., virologist and professor in the College of Medicine. “Howard has strong expertise which allows us to expand HIV and sickle cell research.”

The NIH awarded Howard about $7 million to develop CHaRM. It is being planned as a center of excellence for the study of hemoglobinopathies, iron metabolism and oxygen sensing. CHaRM will be dedicated to educating and training minority students and fellows by providing research and laboratory experience. CHaRM will also work in collaboration with the HBCU Research Scientist Program at the Center for Sickle Cell Disease.

The Center for Sickle Cell Disease received close to $2 million to continue research that indicated people with sickle cell disease may have certain resistance against the HIV virus. The  
Center also received nearly $2 million to develop new therapeutics for Ebola virus infection that will target Ebola virus VP30 protein.

About The Howard Center for Sickle Cell Disease

Howard University's Center for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) was founded by the late Dr. Roland B. Scott in 1971 to address the needs of patients and families in the Washington metropolitan area affected by SCD. The Center is committed to a six-fold goal that includes comprehensive medical care, research, testing, education, counseling and community outreach. Recently, the Center has expanded its clinical research program and developed a collaborative consortium with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), and, in working with Howard University Hospital and NIH, it is the Washington area’s leading provider of patient services for SCD.


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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