New Issue of NCCIH Update: Trans-NIH Workshop in July on Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease; Program Director Job Opening

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Inna Belfer

Trans-NIH Workshop in July on Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease

June 22, 2021

Inna Belfer, M.D., Ph.D.

Della White, Ph.D.



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The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will lead a virtual, trans–National Institutes of Health (NIH) workshop on July 21–22, 2021 on “Approaches to Effective Therapeutic Management of Pain for People with Sickle Cell Disease.” If you’re a scientist in the field, a researcher who is currently outside the sickle cell disease (SCD) field but interested in the topic, a health care provider, or an interested member of the public, we invite you to attend. Registration is required, and there is no charge. This workshop will be livestreamed and archived.



Program Director (Extramural Physician) Job

NCCIH is hiring a program director (extramural physician). This position in the NCCIH Division of Extramural Research will be open to the public.


The announcement will open 6/28/2021 and will close at 11:59pm on 7/7/2021. All applicants must apply through USAJobs; the link will be available on 6/28 at


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This trans–National Institutes of Health (NIH) workshop will focus on sickle cell disease pain. Researchers will explore critical gaps and research challenges as well as brainstorm potential solutions for this grossly understudied pain condition in a highly underserved population. This fits into the NIH mission of seeking fundamental knowledge to enhance health. he National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute are leading the meeting planning for this workshop. Collaboration partners at NIH include the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institute of Nursing Research. The draft agenda will be added to the registration site later in June.  


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If you missed the live lecture, you can access the archive of the video lecture here.


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