The Canada Gairdner Awards


The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes the world’s top scientists who have made outstanding achievements in Global Health Research.  Since its inception ago, the Global Health Award has grown significantly to become one of the world’s most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in global health research.

Nominees should be individuals who have made major scientific advances with a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world. The award is science-focused, and is not intended for those with primarily leadership and administrative accomplishments.

Gairdner invites the scientific community to nominate qualified scientists from any branch of global health. The evaluation of the contributions of the nominees depends heavily on the quality of information supplied. Therefore, nominations should be accurate, detailed, current, complete, and with supporting letters reflecting the nominee’s accomplishments.


The recipients will be announced in March of 2020, and presented at the awards dinner in Toronto in October of 2020. Nominations for the 2020 awards are due by October 1, 2019.

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