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Sickle Cell Trait complications

What are the factors leading to severe health consequences in the sickle cell trait population?

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It has been reported for many decades that the sickle cell trait population are an asymptomatic group; however, there have been an increasing number of reports in the media and the medical literature suggesting the opposite.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. community members

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The Importance of the Microbiome in Recovery after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Do modifications in the recipient gut or lung microbiome affect development of tolerance and immunologic recovery after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) and can re-institution of a more normal microbiome lead to improved outcomes?

Submitted by (@marymh)

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HCT leads to profound changes in the host microbiome. Some small studies indicate that differential recovery of the gut microbiome is associated with differential outcomes, including graft-versus-host disease and mortality. Less is known about the pulmonary microbiome. Better understanding of the role of the microbiome in facilitating posttransplant recovery could lead to easily administered interventions and provide important insights into the role of different subpopulations of the microbiome on the health of all people.

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Preclinical and clinical studies of this area would be greatly facilitated by a microbiome repository linked to high quality clinical data and would provide opportunity for insight into the role of the microbiome in health and disease.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mary Horowitz

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Implementation Science to Improve Care in Sickle Cell Disease

There are approximately 100,000 individuals living with sickle cell disease in the US, however study after study has shown that many lack access to the few existing evidence based interventions such as hydroxyurea. We need to investigate novel ways to increase acess to hematology care and disease modifying therapies.

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Engineered ECM for heart repair

Utilizing advances in nano, bio, tissue and related engineering technologies to construct cardiac ECM for heart repair.

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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Will advance cell and gene based therapeutics for cardiac repair. Despite promise, efficacy of cell based therapies remains largely unproven and this may in part be due to poor understanding of cell-ECM interactions. Research efforts in engineering cardiac ECM have the potential to greatly advance such therapeutic approaches.

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This research field is ripe for experimentation and testing.

A major thrust of recent efforts in repairing cardiac injury has focused on cell therapies. However, since the ECM provides the necessary scaffold for the cells it is important to consider the cell-ECM interactions when utilizing these approaches.

 

Will require multi-disciplinary expertise.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Novel Cell Apheresis Technologies to Treat Hematologic Diseases

Current FDA approved apheresis technology uses elutriation/centrifugation or filtration separation techniques to remove pathologic cellular and/or plasma elements. Currently these techniques are non-specific, limited by inefficient removal kinetics and often require considerable blood product exposure. Despite tremendous improvement in our understanding of the pathophysiology of a variety of disease, our ability to ...more »

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Novel means of selectively removing unique cellular elements involved in disease modulation are needed. For example, microparticles (MPs) have been implicated in a variety of biological processes such as: a) coagulation (e.g. platelet MPs has shown to be 50-100 times more procoagulant than activated platelets), b) oxidative stress (e.g. promotion of oxidative stress via endothelial-, monocyte-, or lymphocyte-derived MPs), and c) inflammation (e.g. acute lung injury in a rat model of acute lung injury). In regards to specific hematologic disease, the hypercoagulability associated with sickle cell disease, for example, may be the result of chronic hemolysis and circulating cell-derived MPs originating from activated platelets and erythrocytes. Endothelial progenitor cells when infused into patients with acute myocardial infarction have been shown to improve ventricular ejection fraction, cardiac geometry, coronary blood flow reserve and myocardial viability. Finally, apheresis for cells of the immune system such as T regulatory cells, cytotoxic T cells, monocytes, dendritic cells, and NK cells will be useful in immunotherapy approaches to hematologic disease. Removal of unique cellular elements may result in amelioration/treatment of associated diseases, or conversely, infusion of these cellular elements may be used to treat disease via a cellular therapy approach. Currently, apheresis methodologies that can selectively remove these unique cellular elements do not exist

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Large scale cell separation of unique cellular elements requires new approaches. Although there are no prototypic cell separation devices that can be used for clinical purposes, the emergence of microfluidic technologies have demonstrated alternatives to current cell separator technology. For example, microfluidic technology has utilized imaging/optical signal-based, magnetic, dielectrophoretic, mechanical/hydrodynamic, and molecular cell surface recognition principles to effect cell separation. Recently, acoustic separation of tumor from normal cells has been developed and offers a unique method for label free cell separation. Clearly, research into the use of these cell separation technologies on a clinical scale would require significant research and development/small business grant support and industry input with eventual need for clinical trials of these new devices to demonstrate utility.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Edward Wong on behalf of ASFA

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Pulmonary Complications of Sickle Cell Disease

What are the risk factors and components of clinical course associated with progression to restrictive lung disease, and what approaches to treatment can limit this progression?

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RLD is a major risk factor for death in adults, but there is minimal knowledge of the sequelae of contributing factors. There is no longitudinal study to demonstrate the risk factors, determinants, biological. A cross sectional study of adults could determine prevalence of lung function abnormalities, obstructive and restrictive, using standardized testing and understand the factors associated with the presence of these abnormalities. This study could be associated with a clinical trial of treatment of RLD with outcomes of symptom reduction as well as improvement of the restriction.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : ATS Member

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Evidence-based holistic care for sickle cell disease

What are the best, evidence-based models to facilitate holistic care across the lifespan for individuals living with sickle cell?

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Unless an individual is a candidate for transplantation, sickle cell will be a lifelong challenge. Much effort has been focused in the pediatric area and on physical aspects of the disease. However, adult care and mental/psycho-social health have not been adequately addressed. A holistic approach across the lifespan would fill these gaps and perhaps lead to better health outcomes and addresses NHLBI's goal of reducing the burden of human disease.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. community members

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Should Allogeneic stem cell transplantation be considered as an upfront treatment in high risk double hit DLBCL?

Double-hit lymphomas (DHL’s) are high-grade B-cell lymphomas characterized by chromosomal rearrangements of MYC gene with BCL2 and less commonly, BCL6.Large analysis of patients with de novo DLBCL have shown that conventional chemotherapy does not improve the survival of DHL Aggressive upfront chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) has become a standard treatment in eligible patients. Retrospective ...more »

Submitted by (@shahram.mori.md)

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There are currently no recommendations regarding upfront allogeneic stem cell transplantation of high-risk DHL patients in CR. Harnessing graft versus lymphoma activity may be a potential strategy to improve responses in such patients

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The challenge of this question is the definition of DHL. FISH is commonly used to characterize DHL’s but may miss a significant portion of patients with aggressive disease. Including the cohort DLBCL patients identified by IHC expands the number of patients. Majority of patients with DHL are older but the ability to perform reduced-intensity and haploidentical -transplants will increase the number of eligible patients. The use of post-transplant therapies is needed to keep the lymphoma in check while graft versus lymphoma responses take effect.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Shahram Mori

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Transplantation across HLA barriers in aplastic anemia

Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is curative in aplastic anemia with much less intrinsic toxicity than transplantation in hematologic malignancies. The recent BMT-CTN trial demonstrated 97% survival at one year with little subsequent decline. However patients without matched related or unrelated donors have graft-rejection rates of up to 50%. Preliminary data from the Netherlands suggests that anti-thymocyte globulin ...more »

Submitted by (@jantin)

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The use of umbilical cord blood or haploidentical donors has proven effective in patients with hematologic malignancies, but in non-malignant disorders outcomes are limited by graft rejection. Overcoming rejection in this context would be applicable to other non-malignant disorders such as thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, and other congenital disorders of hematopoiesis.

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It will require a large coordinated network like BMT-CTN to obtain sufficient patients studied in a uniform fashion to provide consistent reproducible data. .

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Joseph Antin

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Neurocognitive development and delays in sickle cell disease

Are neurocognitive developmental delays significantly present in children and adolescents living with sickle cell disease? What effect do these delays have on the overall morbidity associated with sickle cell disease?

Submitted by (@sicklecellwarrior)

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Conversations among the sickle cell population are increasingly focusing on mental health, neuropsycology as it relates to mental health, and the need to develop community life skills and personal development.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. community members

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Predictors of Sickle Cell Disease Severity

Can better predictors of disease severity such as specific biomarkers and/or genetic polymorphisms be identified so as to help understand the course and progression of sickle cell disease in various patients?

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The high clinical variability in sickle cell disease (SCD) and the lack of sufficient data to help understand and or predict the course of an individual’s disease warrants the identification of better predictors of disease severity. The identification of predictors of disease severity, such as biomarkers, will be vital in the management and treatment of SCD, especially since more recently several plasma biomarkers and certain genetic polymorphisms have been proposed to influence specific clinical outcomes, including stroke, sickle cell nephropathy, and survival. Furthermore, studies of biomarkers or genetic markers in the context of clinical drug trials may be helpful in predicting response rates, thus allowing for more personalized therapeutic decisions.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Alice Kuaban on behalf of the American Society of Hematology (ASH)

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Impact of Hydroxyurea on Organ Function

Does hydroxyurea preserve organ function in patients with sickle cell disease?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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Hydroxyurea is the only disease-modifying medication for sickle cell disease, and has been shown to be effective in reducing complications such as pain crisis and acute chest syndrome in some patients. Evidence suggests that hydroxyurea is underused, and, understandably, efforts are underway to encourage more people to take advantage of this treatment. Determining that it preserves organ function or reduces organ damage could encourage greater use or, if not, encourage the development of other medications that can.

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Given the greater understanding of sickle cell disease and improvements in life expectancy, it should be feasible to design a study that will supply sufficient data to answer this question.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey

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