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[Perspectives] Julie Makani: at the cutting edge of sickle-cell disease

A passion for science is not unusual among medical researchers; rather less common is the capacity to step back from the seductive pleasures of discovery and take a more strategic view of what you’re about. Julie Makani has spent a decade and half in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at Tanzania’s Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam. During this time she has shown how choosing the right strategy can foster the kind of invigorating purpose that now underpins her department’s programme of work on sickle-cell disease.