This weekend, the Tallahassee community will come together to help raise awareness and money for the Sickle Cell Foundation. A lead researcher of the disease works here in our area, and is working on the most promising drug on the market. However, more dollars are needed to improve its effect.
Dr. Lamba has began researching sickle cell disease 15 years, but with the help of federal and mostly state funding, Dr. Lamba and other researchers at Florida A&M University's College of Pharmacy have been doing cutting edge research for the hereditary blood disorder in which cells become starved for oxygen.
Dr. Lamba says he's developed the most promising drug on the market, but too strong a dose could induce leukemia. But if modified, the drug could make living with sickle cell more tolerable. Unfortunately, more research requires more funding; something Dr. Lamba says is a problem he's yet to solve.
If you would like to help out the Sickle Cell Foundation, attend the Crescent Moon Gala at The Moon in Tallahassee. It’s this Saturday at 7:30p.m.
For more information, call 850-222-2355.
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Source: www.nih.org (National Institute of Health Web site) contributed to this report.
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