In the 1950s and 1960s, Drs. E. Donnall Thomas, Joseph Ferrebee, and David Blumenstock pioneered innovative research in bone marrow transplantation, performing the world’s first human organ transplant at Bassett in 1956. Dr. Thomas received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1990 for his work in transplantation.
Pioneering innovation research to stimulate research interest among our residents.
The E. Donnall Thomas Research Program
Our History of Innovative Research
In recognition of Dr. Thomas’ remarkable achievements while at Bassett, a program designed to stimulate research interest among our residents has been named in his honor. Residents are offered a creative opportunity to pursue research under this program. Residents have the option of selecting from a variety of types of projects and, work with time allocated to the project, under a Bassett physician or scientist.
Alternatively, a resident may choose to design his/her own project. Residents have access to the extensive resources of the Bassett Research Institute, including the Center for Biostatistics and the Center for Clinical Research.
Participation in this program is voluntary.
Project Funding & Recognition
All projects have access to funds designated for resident research allowing total expenditures of up to $25,000 at the discretion of the Research Review Committee. Research projects are displayed and presented at the annual E. Donnall Thomas Research Day. Residents are encouraged and supported to present projects at national and international meetings.