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Grant Recipient Uses Mobile Device Observation in Sickle Cell Pain Study


Technology takes center stage in a new epidemiologic study of acute vaso-occlusive pain associated with menstruation in women with sickle cell disease (SCD). Deva Sharma, MD – who completed her hematology-oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is currently a transfusion medicine fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center – is spearheading an initiative to understand the biology behind the severe, debilitating pain experienced by women with sickle cell disease during menstruation.

And she’s doing it in real-time with a little help from the iPod Touch!

Sharma is a 2017 recipient of the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders Research Fellowship Award “Promoting XXcellence in Women’s Health: Optimal Management of Women and Girls with Blood Disorders.”