NYBC welcomed Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the guest speaker at the 35th Annual Alexander S. Wiener Lecture on June 13, 2013. Dr. Rodgers, a renowned pioneer in sickle cell disease therapy, spoke on “Sickle Cell Disease – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” to over 180 attendees.
Dr. Mohandas Narla, Vice President and Director, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute of the New York Blood Center introduced the distinguished speaker. Dr. Rodgers obtained his undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees from Brown University and did his training in Internal Medicine at Washington University, St. Louis. He did his fellowship training in hematology/oncology through a joint program of NIH and George Washington University. He continued his career in the intramural program of NIDDK and was named director of NIDDK in 2007.
Dr. Rodgers’ research contributions include papers in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on microcirculatory flow abnormalities in sickle cell disease. In 1990 and 1993 he published two seminal papers again as first author in NEJM on hydroxyurea and sickle cell disease, which paved the way for hydroxyurea to become the only FDA approved drug for treatment of sickle cell disease. More recently he has published in NEJM on the use of allogeneic hematopoitic stem cell transplantation for sickle cell disease. Most recently, he has published on the mechanistic basis for hemoglobin switching, which could be used as a treatment for hemoglobinopathies, in Blood.
NYBC was honored to have Dr. Rodgers speak as he is able to perform such high quality science in the face of his enormous responsibilities running NIDDK and making a huge impact on biomedical research agenda and national health policy – a truly remarkable clinical scientist and a leader in shaping the national biomedical research agenda.
L-R: Drs. Narla, Rodgers and Hillyer
L-R: Drs. Patricia Shi, Deepa Manwani, Beau Mitchell, Mohandas Narla, Terry Bishop and Griffin Rodgers
L-R: Drs. Mohandas narla, Griffin Rodgers and Alexander Wiener