King Receives $4 million for Sickle Cell Research

Allison King HeadshotAllison King, MD, MPH, PhD, received a $4.3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study sickle cell disease in teenagers and adults. The funding will span six years and is one of eight national sites that will address improving outcomes in this vulnerable population. Sickle cell disease affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States, with African Americans making up a large majority.

King is an associate professor of occupational therapy, pediatrics and medicine. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Public Health Sciences, and is the associate director for medical students in the MPHS program. Her research focuses on pediatric hematology and oncology, the treatment of children with sickle cell disease, central nervous system tumors, late effects of treatment and issues of survivorship.

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