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Students Talk Science “Sickle Cell & the Promise of Genetics to Cure Disease”

Published: June 27, 2024; Author: Julia Sonrisa

 July 13, 2024    01:00 PM-02:30 PM EDT

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - Grace Auditorium

Address: 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724, United States

Phone: +1 (516) 367-8800


Students Talk Science “Sickle Cell & the Promise of Genetics to Cure Disease”

Sickle cell disease is a painful and debilitating genetic condition that affects over 100,000 people in the United States and more than 20 million globally — most of whom are Black or of African origin. It was considered a lifelong disease until 2019, when Victoria Gray became the first patient cured using CRISPR gene-editing technology.

Join us for our first “Students Talk Science” event, where high school students and alumni from the DNA Learning Center’s STARS program discuss sickle cell disease with Ms. Gray. She will share her experiences living with the disease, the challenges of treatment, and the newfound hope for patients with genetic disorders. Additionally, scientists and physicians will join the discussion to talk about health equity and the importance of making scientific knowledge and treatments accessible to all communities.

Registration is free but required.

Grace Auditorium is the first, large building on the left upon pulling into campus off of 25A, signs will be posted directing attendees towards the event.

About the Stars Stem program and Students Talk Science:

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center designed the Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS) STEM program to inspire and support the next generation of minority scientists, doctors, and health professionals.

Students Talk Science serves as a community outreach arm of the STARS STEM program, empowering educated high school and college students to initiate discussions within their homes, communities, and classrooms. These conversations aim to engage audiences who might not otherwise be included. While the discussions do not provide medical advice, they offer valuable information to help people make informed decisions based on scientific knowledge.

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EST



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