Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, director emeritus of the Clinical Research Division, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT). The award was presented on Feb. 15 at the President's Dinner during the ASBMT annual meeting in Orlando, which was held jointly with International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry and the Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry. More than 500 guests attended the dinner.
Thomas pioneered the field of bone-marrow transplantation, a technique that now cures thousands of patients with leukemia and other serious blood diseases each year. He is a recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology, the Presidential Medal of Science and the Gairdner Foundation International Award.
The ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award annually recognizes individuals who have made continuing contributions to the field of blood and marrow transplantation, either in basic biology or clinical applications.