Validation of a Point-of-care Screening Tool for Children With Sickle Cell Disease

About the study

Sickle cell disease is very common in Nigeria. Early diagnosis is important to prevent or reduce serious complications from the disease and to enable children stay healthy. To this end, the investigators would like to test a new, simple and quick device called the HemeChip to determine if it can detect whether or not someone has sickle cell disease. The investigators will compare the results obtained with the HemeChip with a standard method of diagnosing sickle cell disease known as Isoelectric focusing (IEF) or High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).If the investigators show that the new device can differentiate between children who have sickle cell disease and those who don’t as successfully as the IEF or HPLC, they estimate a sharp increase in the use of this device in many countries especially in Africa due to its lower cost

Study point of contact

Umut Gurkan, PhD
(216) 368-6447
[email protected]
Jane Little, MD
[email protected]


4 United States sites

3 Nigeria sites


6 to 60 Years


Not Applicable

Study type



6 Weeks - 60 Months







participation requirements

Fever or hypothermia (Temp ≥38 C or ≤36 C) Plus one of the following (prostration, excessive crying, poor feeding, altered consciousness, convulsion, difficulty breathing, profuse vomiting, diarrhea) & rapid breathing (0-2months>60 breaths/min, 3-12months >50 breaths/min, 13- 59 months > 40 breaths /min)
Provision of signed and dated written informed consent by parent or guardian

participation restrictions

Parent of child chooses to opt out of the study after initial consent.
Blood transfusion within 3 months of study enrollment.
Presence of condition or abnormality that in the opinion of the investigator would compromise the safety of the child or the quality of the data.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, United States, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 68198 [Active, not recruiting]
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27599 [Active, not recruiting]
  • Cleveland, Ohio, United States, Case Western Reserve University, 44106 [Active, not recruiting]
  • Cleveland, Ohio, United States, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, 44106 [Active, not recruiting]
  • Kano, Nigeria, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital [Recruiting]
  • Kano, Nigeria, Hasiya Bayero Pediatric Hospital [Recruiting]
  • Kano, Nigeria, Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital [Recruiting]
Last updated 2019-05-09