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Alexa Irene Canady

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ABOUT ALEXA
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Real-life Identity
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Superhero Backstory
Alexa can manipulate the pressure in her enemies brains.

Raised in Michigan Alexa was a brave and curious child. The tale remains unconfirmed but it is said that one day while playing with the instruments in her fathers dentistry office, a strange power surge flowed through her giving her the power to manipulate pressure in the brain.
Alexa Irene Canady
Name: Alexa Irene Canady
Born: 1950
Occupation: Neurosurgeon
Nationality: American

Alexa was the first African-American neurosurgeon. Her research includes studies on the effects of hydrocephalus, a condition characterised by the excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain.

In the video below Alexa talks about her career, as well as the need to attract more young surgeons to Neurosurgery.
Did you know?
  1. Did you know that our brain doesn't feel pain!
  2. The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain and has two halves, or hemispheres.
  3. The brain is the centre of the human nervous system, controlling our thoughts, movements, memories and decisions.
  4. Your brain isn't fully formed until you are 25 years old.

Don't miss out on additional educational resources just scroll down the page and learn more about the brain and Alexa.
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THE DRAWING EXPLAINED
Alexa was Chief of Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Michigan from 1987- 2001. You'll find the DMC Children's Hospital in the background.
Hidden Treasures
We have packed a lot into our drawings. Each drawing we create has one or more hidden treasure(s) about our superheroes' life experiences, depictions in art, jobs or discoveries. Did you find the ones hidden in this drawing?
Superpower
On Alexa's belt you will find the letters AMWA which represent the American Medical Women's Association. In 1993 Alexa was awarded the AMWA President's Award.
Alexa was born in Michigan, USA on the 7th November 1950. We've added this into the issue number on the top left.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
What is Hydrocephalus?
Hydrocephalus is a condition that involves the build-up of a fluid in the brain. In this video you can learn about the effects of hydrocephalus. This video may be more suitable for ages 8+.
Video Credit: Neuroscientifically Challenged
The Nervous System

Dr Chris and Dr Xand look at the amazing things our brains can do!
Video credit: BBC | Operation Outch
In this video you can find out more about Alexa!
Video credit: ACS
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Want to learn the Brain Song?
Learn about the brain with this fun educational music video from Kids Learning Tube. Don't forget to sing along!
Video Credit: Kids Learning Tube
Download this educational poster and learn more about the parts of a Neuron.
Poster credit: The Remarkablz
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