On World Sickle Cell Day, a look at Memphis’ past, present and future research

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 19, 2022 7:03 AM CT | Published: June 19, 2022 4:00 AM CT

The story of Memphis as a hub of sickle cell disease research began in 1929, when Dr. Lemuel W. Diggs encountered the disease within a week of arriving in Memphis to join the UTHSC faculty. The city still attracts researchers and clinicians from around the world. 


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Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki has spent the better part of two decades writing about Memphis. A former digital journalist for WMC Action News 5 and staff reporter for Memphis Daily News, her work has also appeared in The Commercial Appeal, High Ground News, I Love Memphis, Inside Memphis Business, The Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent, Memphis Magazine and Tri-State Defender. 


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