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UTHSC News: Hematology/Oncology Fellow Awarded Acceptance into Competitive Research Institute


The loss of several family members to sickle cell disease set Terrence Jones, MD, on a quest at an early age to find a cure for the disease.

“Sickle cell disease has affected my community and family for many years, and because of the disease I have lost several of my close family members,” Dr. Jones said. “My goal since I was young was that I will find a cure for sickle cell disease.”

Now, Dr. Jones is a second-year fellow in the Department of Hematology and Oncology in the UT Health Science Center College of Medicine, with a research interest that focuses on curative therapies for patients with sickle cell disease. He was recently accepted into the competitive 2024 American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI). The institute is a yearlong program for hematology fellows and early-career faculty that provides training and mentoring to enhance careers in patient-oriented research.

Dr. Jones credits his mentors and advisors in Hematology and Oncology including Brion Randolph, MD, associate professor and director of Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy, Swapna Thota, MD, associate professor and fellowship program director, Marquita Nelson, MD, assistant professor, and Kenneth Ataga, professor and Plough Foundation Endowed Chair in Sickle Cell Disease, for their guidance throughout his process and application for the program.

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