Mark your calendar for the 2017 Annual Sickle Cell Symposium scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute, 12th floor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock.

This year’s symposium topic is “Stem Cell Transplant as a Cure for Sickle Cell Disease: Who, When and How?” The keynote speaker will be Kathryn Yarkony, APRN, Johns Hopkins Transplant Coordinator. She will be followed by Dr. Pooja Motwani, co-director UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program and associate professor of hematology. There will be time for questions after the speakers.

Continuing education hours are available.

The symposium is free for patients and community members; $20 for licensed professionals. Registration, refreshments and networking will start at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available on Visitor Parking Deck 3 for $7.

Register here.

The symposium is presented by Future Builders, Inc., Arkansas Black Nurses Association and the UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program.

For more information about sickle cell anemia disease:

  • AFMC has a brochure about sickle cell disease that’s available as a free download – type in sickle cell in the search box, top right-hand corner.
  • Sickle Cell Support Services (SCSS) is an Arkansas nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families with this disease. They provide advocacy, emergency financial assistance, transportation, community and patient education, support groups, children’s enrichment camps, patient case coordination, sickle cell trait screening, and patient referrals to both the medical community and community services. Visit their
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Arkansas that can diagnose, evaluate and treat children who have sickle cell disease. Visit their website.
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health offers sickle cell disease resources at their