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Dr. Odame is the Hematology Section Head and Director of the Hemoglobinopathy Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network based at the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health that is building enduring collaborations between clinicians/scientists worldwide to further research and advance care of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that shoulder the heaviest disease burden.

Odame is Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He was the Division Director and Alexandra Yeo Chair of Hematology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto from 2013- 2024.

Odame is playing a lead role in the World Coalition on Sickle Cell Disease (WCSCD), a unique multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral, international public-private partnership that aspires to be the global focal point for efforts to address SCD in LMICs. Odame is the Principal Investigator on implementation studies to integrate early SCD diagnosis and care in primary health care facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. As a member of Steering Committees, Data Safety Monitoring Boards, and site Principal Investigator, he is actively involved in several clinical studies aimed at developing novel disease-modifying and curative therapies for sickle cell disease. Odame is currently Associate Editor of Pediatric Blood & Cancer journal and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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