The Canada Gairdner Awards


Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award recognizes exceptional leadership in Canadian medical science. Nominees should also have a high level sustained research career in a biomedical discipline. It is awarded for:

  • Individual accomplishment and leadership in a specific field of biomedical sciences (basic, clinical, population health) in Canada and/or original and sustained contributions to that field at an internationally recognized level.
  • Institutional academic and scientific leadership in Canada leading to the establishment and development of biomedical research in Canada and internationally

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 2019, and presented at the awards dinner in Toronto in October 2019. Nominations for the 2019 awards are due by October 1, 2018.

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