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DDCF Awards $1.45 Million to Support Sickle Cell Disease Research

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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) awarded three renewal grants, totaling $1.45 million, to continue support for projects investigating sickle cell disease. Each award, funded through the Innovations in Clinical Research Award (ICRA), is worth $486,000 over three years. Including these recent awards, the ICRA has provided funding for 20 sickle cell disease projects totaling $9.7 million since 2009.

The 2012 ICRA awardees, as announced by the DDCF, are:

Targeted Derepression of Fetal Hemoglobin in Sickle Cell Disease

James E. Bradner, MD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Genomic and Functional Analyses of Erythrocyte Hydration Pathways as Modifiers in Sickle Cell Disease

Patrick G. Gallagher, MD, and Vincent P. Schulz, PhD

Yale University

Translating Genetic Discoveries to Improve Sickle Cell Disease Prognosis and Treatment

Joel N. Hirschhorn, MD, PhD, and Guillaume Lettre, PhD

Broad Institute and Université de Montréal, Montreal Heart Institute

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