Pioneering research led by Johns Hopkins scientists on the use of partially matched bone marrow transplants to wipe out sickle cell disease was selected as one of the Top 10 Clinical Research Achievements of 2012 by the Clinical Research Forum. The success of a preliminary clinical trial of the so-called haploidentical transplants has the potential to bring curative transplants to a majority of sickle cell patients who need them, eliminating painful and debilitating symptoms and the need for a lifetime of pain medications and blood transfusions.
On behalf of the research team, Robert A. Brodsky, the Johns Hopkins Family Professor of Medicine in Oncology and director of the Division of Hematology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, received the award and an additional honor, the Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award, at a ceremony held April 18 during the Clinical Research Forum annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
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