Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa


Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa (SickleGenAfrica) is a recently funded collaborative genomics research project coupled with training on the African continent. SickleGenAfrica is part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative with the goal of improving the health of African people.

Genomics is the study of genes and understanding how these genes relate with each other in order to identify their combined effect on growth and development.

SickleGenAfrica aims to study how specific genes can control or change the human body’s protection against complications and damage of organs in people with sickle cell disease.

The study is directed by Professor Solomon F. Ofori-Acquah, Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana as the lead principal investigator of a large network in four African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania) and an institution in North America.

Nigeria has three sites which are in Kano, Lagos and Abuja. The Abuja site is headed by Professor O.E. Nnodu of the Centre of Excellence for Sickle Cell Disease Research and Training, University of Abuja.

The study is currently recruiting patients.


Key Personnel of SickleGenAfrica Abuja Site

·             Prof. Nnodu, Obiageli  (Site Coordinator)

·             Dr. Adeyefa, Adewole Ameh (Research Coordinator)

·             Mrs. Rukayyat Morenike Ibrahim (Research Nurse)

·             Mrs. Chimdindu Maryrose Anyikwa (Lab Scientist)