St. Jude Receives $4.4 Million Grant to Develop Sickle Cell App

Sickle Cell App pic

Sickle Cell App
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With more than two decades of experience in the legal profession, attorney PJ Blanchfield handles general litigation cases at his private practice in Albany, New York. Away from his career, PJ Blanchfield supports numerous charitable organization, such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital recently announced that it has been awarded a six-year, $4.4 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to develop a smartphone app that researchers and collaborators will use to help improve medication use among patients with sickle cell disease.

The program will be a collaborative partnership between St. Jude, Methodist University Hospital, Vanderbilt University, Baptist Memorial Hospital, and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee. These organization will work together to develop, implement, and deploy the app to patients. The key outcome of the app is to help manage hydroxyurea treatments for patients with sickle cell.

In addition, the grant money will help fund research to determine the most significant barriers to care, as well as any other factors that inhibit the proper use of hydroxyurea among patients.