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Celebrating Diversity Within the Sickle Cell Community: Commitment, Innovation, Practice
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Marlene Peters-Lawrence, BSN, RN, RRT

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Clinical Trial Specialist
Marlene Peters -Lawrence is a Clinical Trials Specialist in the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, Blood (DBDR), Epidemiology and Clinical Therapeutics Branch at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Ms. Peters-Lawrence has been with NIH for over fifteen years, and currently co-leads multi-center domestic and international sickle cell disease programs. She leads the divisions community/stakeholder engagement efforts to further the NHLBI research enterprise, oversees’ clinical studies management and evaluation of NHLBI funded projects.

Ms. Peters-Lawrence’ commitment to caring for individuals with sickle cell disease stems from working as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in critical care medicine and as a Research Registered Nurse in the bone marrow transplant, hematology unit. Her passion for her work has been acknowledged by the numerous awards she has received over the years, including Nurse Chief Award for Exemplary Clinical Research, NHLBI Director’s Award for Diversity in Population Recruitment and the Excellence in Mentorship award. Marlene, is also the coauthor of several scientific papers.

Ms. Peters-Lawrence received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University. Additionally, she received an Associate of Science in from Montgomery College and Cardiopulmonary Science from Valencia College, Florida. Marlene enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.