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Gairdner Foundation is looking for a researcher to help source nominations

The Gairdner Foundation is looking for an individual to lead a project focused on increasing the number of new, quality nominations for the Canada Gairdner Awards. This role would involve researching the appropriate, deserving individuals and their respective organizations and connecting with them directly to explain the Canada Gairdner Awards and our nomination process. The search for new nominations would occur on an international scale and span all fields of biomedical research.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Canada Gairdner Award winners


The Gairdner Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Canada Gairdner Awards, recognizing some of the most significant medical discoveries from around the world. This year’s winners showcase a broad range of new medical discoveries related to cardiovascular disease, cancer, immunotherapy and human parasitic diseases.

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Save the Date: Canada Gairdner Awards 2014 Announcement
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Gairdner welcomes new members to our Board of Directors


The Gairdner Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of two members to our Board of Directors, Dr. Victor Dzau and Heather Munroe-Blum, who began their roles on February 1, 2014. Both bring a wealth of experience and we look forward to their valuable contributions to our Board.

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Gairdner and RCI are proud to present Nobel Laureate Dr. Jack Szostak

“The Origin of Life”A talk by Nobel Laureate Jack W. Szostak, PhD

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2013 Canada Gairdner Awards Dinner


L to R: Daniel Bradley, King Holmes, Stephen Elledge, John Dirks, Lorne Tyrrell, Harvey Alter, Sir Gregory Winter, James Hogg

On Thursday, October 24, Gairdner’s annual cross-country program of lectures and symposia concluded with the annual Canada Gairdner Awards Dinner in Toronto.

Over 500 scientists, academics, and corporate and government leaders hobnobbed in the elegant Currelly Room at the Royal Ontario Museum. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the four 2013 Canada Gairdner International Awards, the Global Health Award and the Wightman Award.

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Gairdner's annual program from coast to coast across Canada has begun!  The world's best in biomedicine have already been speaking in Newfoundland, PEI, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.  Next week they will continue to cross the nation, before collecting in Toronto for three days of symposiums and events celebrating science and medicine in Canada and the world.

Want to hear about the biggest breakthroughs or the newest opportunities? Check out the National Program on our Events page to see when we are in your area, or to register for one of the world-class symposiums on HIV/STI, CG Award-winning work, protein engineering or HepC. All Gairdner symposiums are free of charge and open to the public.

Click here for more information!

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Canada Gairdner Winners to be Awarded October 24, 2013

The 2013 Canada Gairdner International Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 24 in Toronto.

The Canada Gairdner International Awards are honouring three areas of research.

Harvey J. Alter and Daniel W. Bradley will receive the award for their contributions to the discovery and isolation of the hepatitis C virus. For more on the discovery of hepatitis C, click here for the commentary of Dr. Gary Levy at the 2013 Announcement.Stephen Joseph Elledge is being honoured for his work in DNA repair, and Sir Gregory Winter is honoured for creating synthetic human antibodies. For commentary on Dr. Elledge's discovery from the Announcement, click here.Dr. King K. Holmes will receive the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for his work on defining and treating HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award will be presented to Dr. James C. Hogg for his research and leadership in the field of Chronic Respiratory Diseases.

The presentation of the awards takes place at a black tie dinner for 540 guests held at the Royal Ontario Museum on Thursday, October 24.

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Congratulations to 1996 Gairdner Laureates Randy Schekman and James Rothman

Congratulations to the 1996 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureates Randy Schekman of UC Berkeley and James Rothman of Yale on receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


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In Memorium... Dr. Anthony Pawson

The Gairdner Foundation regrets the passing on Wednesday, August 7 of  Dr. Tony Pawson, the world-renowned Canadian researcher whose fundamental discoveries transformed our understanding of human biology and disease. Dr. Pawson was the Chair of Molecular Oncology and former Director at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. 

 Dr. Pawson received a Canada Gairdner Award in 1994 for his discovery of a modular recognition code that governs many protein interactions important for cellular growth, division and behaviour. This insight set a new paradigm for how cells respond to each other and their environment, and is the basis for modern targeted therapies in cancer and other diseases. He also received a number of other major international awards for his work, including the Kyoto Prize and the Wolf Prize. For many years, Dr. Pawson served on the Gairdner Medical Advisory Board, the body of international scientists that selects recipients of the Canada Gairdner Awards. He will be dearly missed by the Gairdner Foundation, and his many colleagues, trainees and friends in the international community. We extend our sincerest condolences to Tony's friends and family

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