Scholar to discuss innovative approaches to sickle cell disease at next Science Café

Science-Cafe-Cleveland-Logo-e1401917663795The Case Western Reserve University Chapter of Sigma Xi and Science Café Cleveland present the 2014 Annual Distinguished Lectureship event, “Investigating Sickle Cell Disease.” Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, will be the guest lecturer.

The event will take place Monday, Oct. 13, in the Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. (2701 Carroll Ave.). Doors will be open 5:30-9 p.m., with last call at 8:45 p.m. The discussion begins around 7 p.m. Limited menu options will be available for purchase.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic disorder affecting 70,000 Americans and millions globally, inducing chronic inflammation and vascular dysfunction causing organ damage. SCD involves complex interactions between blood cells and vessel walls. Join Barabino in a discussion on innovative engineering approaches being applied to better understand conditions that contribute to vaso-occlusion, and the relationship between inflammation, vascular remodeling and vascular biomechanical abnormalities. Results from these studies will enable new therapies and provide clinicians with opportunities for improved management of individuals with SCD.

Please note that a few of the cafes have approached capacity or standing room only. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. A chairlift is available by request.

The CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co. will sponsor the event.