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Cheedy Jaja


Associate Professor

University of South Carolina

South Carolina

Cheedy Jaja is an associate professor, College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. Jaja is an international expert in sickle cell disease pharmacogenetics. In his pioneering research, he has made significant discoveries that are published in prestigious interdisciplinary and nursing journals and likely to make a significant difference in the way sickle cell disease (SCD) is treated. He has also received national and international recognition for his research contributions.

Dr. Jaja has been invited to participate in important policy and research-priority setting meetings sponsored at NIH and other important SCD organizations. He has a sustained program of research that has deep impact not only in the U.S., but also extends to Sierra Leone where Dr. Jaja has built excellent relationships with stakeholders and created partnerships to impact SCD clinical care and healthcare policy. He is the clinical director of a comprehensive SCD clinic in Sierra Leone providing care to 120 pediatric patients annually with more than 1400 annual visits. He created the only SCD registry in Sierra Leone of approximately 2500 individuals with He is pioneering the use of point-of-care tests for early diagnosis of sickle cell disease and prompt linkage to comprehensive care in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Jaja received his BA from the University of Sierra Leone, MS and MSN degrees from University of Washington and Indiana University respectively, and PhD from Florida Atlantic University. He was the inaugural Pharmacogenetics, Ethics and Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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