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3/15 Peking Man, bone marrow transplants, and Brain Awareness Week

Davidson Black died (1934)
Davidson Black (1184 – 1934) was a Canadian Physician and Anatomist.  He studied the Piltdown and other fossilized human skulls at the University of Manchester in England.  In 1927 he led a field excavation near Zhoukoudian China (near Peking – now Beijing).  They discovered a hominid (human-like) molar tooth and determined that is was a previously unknown hominid genus and species (Homo erectus pekinensis).  He inferred that the tooth came from Peking man, a species that lived in the region about 750,000 years ago.

Edward Donnall Thomas born (1920)
Edward Donnall Thomas (1920 – ) is an American physician and surgeon.  As a resident at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Thomas helped care for the first kidney transplant patient.  In 1970 he performed the first successful bone marrow transplant between two people that were not twins at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  His work in developing the process of bone marrow transplants provides a very important treatment for a number of diseases such as leukemia and other blood cancers .

Celebrating Brain Awareness Week (March 14 – 20, 2011)

The Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Resources section is designed to help campaign partners consider ways in which their organizations may participate in Brain Awareness Week.  It provides information and resources to use in planning and promoting events and describes a range of activities – from community outreach programs to media efforts – that will contribute to this global education initiative.

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