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Teacher Training: Healthcare Diagnosis - The Search for Sickle Cell Trait

Join us at Georgia Institute of Technology to delve into the search for Sickle Cell trait. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a genetic abnormality of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells, and must be inherited from an individual’s parents, who may or may not be aware that they are carrying the trait. For people living with sickle cell disease their red blood cells will deform into stiff, sickled shapes impeding blood flow causing pain, chronic inflammation and organ damage.

10/30/2015
When: Friday, October 30, 2015
From 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Georgia Institute of Technology
950 Atlantic Dr.
Engineered Biosystems Building Room 5029
Atlanta, Georgia  30318
United States
Contact: GaBio Main Office
404-221-0617 opt. 3


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Event Description:

Join us at Georgia Institute of Technology to delve into the search for Sickle Cell trait.  Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a genetic abnormality of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells, and must be inherited from an individual’s parents, who may or may not be aware that they are carrying the trait.  For people living with sickle cell disease their red blood cells will deform into stiff, sickled shapes instead of the fully flexible red blood cells they should be, once they give off oxygen in the tissue.  This inflexible sickle shape impedes blood flow causing pain, chronic inflammation, organ damage, and reduced life expectancies.  

What is Sickle Cell Disease? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sca).  
Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia http://sicklecellga.org/

Help your students learn about their own sickle status while studying the science of genetics and practical laboratory applications around disease diagnosis. Learn how to use an inexpensive non-reducing electrophoresis that can be performed on blood to determine sickle cell status (disease, trait, or wildtype normal) with basic electrophoresis equipment on only a small drop of blood. Teach students about what happens during post-natal screening, understanding of important public health information regarding their sickle cell status and discuss the ethical considerations involved.

Learning Objectives
Content
Mendelian genetics (parent and offspring)
Autosomal recessive diseases
Discussion on the Ethics of screening for non-fatal diseases
Human health and diagnostics

Skills
Lab safety practices
Sickle Cell status diagnostics
Differences between reducing and non-reducing gel electrophoresis
Image analysis of the gels

Audience: High School CTAE or Science teachers

Space is limited to 10 teachers.

Date:
Friday, October 30, 2015

Location:
Georgia Institute of Technology 

950 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta, GA 30318

Engineering Biosystems Building, Room 5029

http://map.gatech.edu/

Time:

9:00am - 3:00 pm

Registration fee:
$20 (covers lunch and parking)

Audience:
High School CTAE and Science Teachers

Please wear closed toed shoes we will begin promptly at 9:00am

Cancellations:
All cancellation requests must be made to admin@gabio.org / 404-221-0617404-221-0617 by close of business October 23, 2015 to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued after this date.

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