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The Gairdner Foundation in partnership with IDRC will be holding a series of three events exploring the current challenges in child and adolescent health worldwide. These events will explore how tumultuous international, regional and individual circumstances impact the health of children and young adults.

The first session will take place on September 13, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 ET.

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Child Health in Turbulent Times

Featuring:

Dr. Cesar Victora Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate

Dr. Rima Habib Department of Environmental Health, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Dr.  Amina Abubakar Director, Institute for Human Development, The Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Walter Flores Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud, Guatemala City, Guatemala

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be the largest immunization campaign in human history. How do we learn from the past, engage in the present and prepare for the future?

Register for Vaccination: Moving Forward with Confidence, part of  Gairdner’s Global Perspectives Panel series, featuring international public health leaders including; Heidi LarsonRino RappuoliShanelle Hall, and John Nkengasong. The panel will be moderated by science reporter Ivan Semeniuk of The Globe and Mail and will give viewers the chance to have their questions answered by experts.

 

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The Gairdner Foundation would like to thank GSK Canada for their generous support of this event.

2021 Canada Gairdner Ontario Symposium supported by the Krembil Foundation.

March 30-31

Co-organized by Krembil Brain Institute, University Health Network and Johns Hopkins University

There are more than half a million Canadians currently living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to close to a million.

So, why do we still have more questions than answers when it comes to prevention, new treatments, and ultimately, a cure? This event aims to address those questions and provide answers about the current state of research.

With this unique two-day virtual event, we will focus on making current dementia research accessible for both researchers and the public.  We need our communities to be better informed about this disorder and ultimately to act as ambassadors for dementia research. Where there is science, there is hope.

Join us on February 9 at 12pm for our first Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel of 2021, Canadian COVID Treatment & Vaccine Development, moderated by Gairdner Foundation President & Scientific Director, Janet Rossant.

Featuring:

Thomas D. Madden, PhD – President and Chief Executive Officer, Acuitas Therapeutics Inc.

Véronique Lecault, PhD – Co-founder, Director & Chief Operating Officer, AbCellera Inc.

Brian Ward, MD, MSc – Medical Officer, Medicago Inc.

Register now! 

The 2021 Canada Gairdner Award Laureates will be announced on Wednesday, April 7.

Register now for the interactive online announcement event, featuring Gairdner President & Scientific Director, Janet Rossant and a special guest.

 

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Canada Gairdner Public Lecture Series presented by TELUS Health

Hosted by LifeSciences British Columbia

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 10AM PST (1PM EST)

Featuring Gairdner Foundation President & Scientific Director and 2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Laureate, Janet Rossant

In partnership with Ontario Genomics

“Editing our Economic Future: The Power of CRISPR” will showcase a conversation between Gairdner Foundation laureates and leading Canadian researchers on using the opportunities and applications of gene editing, specifically by using CRISPR/Cas9, to transform multiple sectors, from therapeutics to diagnostics, agriculture, and low carbon manufacturing, all of which will have a profound impact on our economy.

This discussion, moderated by Janet Rossant with centre on the development of these molecular tools and their applications, and potential challenges to adoption. In addition, Canadian researchers will speak about how they are applying gene editing to address problems like cancer treatment and fungal resistance for crops.

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Breaking Through: Delivering on the Promise of Gene Therapy

Wednesday, December 2 & Thursday, December 3, 2020

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Breaking Through brings together Canadian and international leaders to explore the past, present, and future of somatic gene therapy research and practice. This two-day virtual event will examine the successes, challenges and opportunities from the bench to the bedside. It will also feature the CCA Expert Panel on the Approval and Use of Somatic Gene Therapies in Canada, who will discuss the findings and implications of their report, due to be released in November.

Join us for this live and interactive two-day event, available in both official languages.

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Open Science in Action: The Future of Research

November 11-12, 2020

Registration open soon.

The Neuro-Gairdner Open Science Symposium will be an extraordinary forum for critical exchange on the practice and implementation of Open Science at all levels from individuals to institutions to countries. Participants will learn how to apply Open Science to real world problems and help maximize the potential of Open Science to accelerate discoveries and breakthroughs, and in doing so change human conditions for the better.

Participants and sponsors will also have the opportunity to network with guest speakers and other researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, funders, industry partners, philanthropists, science communicators and patient advocates.

 

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RNA Biology and Technology:
The Current Pandemic and Beyond

September 23-25, 2020

Free web forum for all researchers interested in learning about RNA or virus research. 

View the full program here: RiboClub 2020 Program
For details and registration visit: https://main.riboclub.org/forum/ 

Featuring Gairdner Laureates Lynne Maquat (University of Rochester) and Phil Sharp (MIT).

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020     11:00 am-2:35 pm EDT

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*Co-Broadcast by Canada Conference for Global Health. Those registered for the CCGH do not need to register on Eventbrite.*

Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel:
Sustainable Development Goals & Global Health through the Pandemic Lens
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
11:00 am-2:35 pm EDT
Live French translation will be available.
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In partnership with:
International Development Research Centre
Grand Challenges Canada
Centre for Global Health – Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

PROGRAM

11:00 am Welcome and Introduction

Janet Rossant, President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

Montasser Kamal, Program Leader, Maternal and Child Health, IDRC and Karlee Silver, Co-CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

11:05 am Health and Health-Related SDGs: Where are we after 5 years?

Zulfiqar Bhutta, Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health & Inaugural Ibn Sina Scholar in Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children; Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health; Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University

11:25 am Lessons from HIV for the Covid-19 Response

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director, CAPRISA; Professor, Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York; Professor, Public Health, Nelson Mandela Medical School; Pro Vice-Chancellor (African Health), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa & Salim Abdool Karim, Director, CAPRISA; CAPRISA Professor in Global Health, Columbia University, New York; Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

11:45 am Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases: From AIDS to COVID-19

Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, 2016 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award Laureate

12:05 pm COVID-19 and global malnutrition: a sting in the tail or a chance to remake our food systems?

Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

12:13 pm Building Resilient Health Supply Chains to achieve SDGs: 2020 and Beyond

Yasmin Chandani, CEO, inSupply Health Limited

12:20 pm Panel Discussion #1- Governments, Organizations & Structures and Health SDGs

Moderated Discussion Session with Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Participants: Lawrence Haddad, Yasmin Chandani, Anthony Fauci, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Quarraisha Abdool Karim

1:00 pm COVID19: Lessons for Public Health and Clinical Practice

Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO

1:20 pm Ehsaas Emergency Cash : Digital Transformations within Government in the COVID-19 Context

Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry, Government of Pakistan

1:27 pm Nowhere to turn: Youth, SRH, and GBV during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cleopatra Mugyenyi, Director, Africa Regional Office, International Center For Research On Women

1:35 pm Discussion Panel #2- Equity and Inclusion across SDGs

Moderated Discussion Session with Dr. Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director & Co-founder, Women in Global Health

Participants: Sania Nishtar, Cleopatra Mugyenyi, Salim Abdool Karim

2:15 pm The Age of Pandemics: How to prepare and how to respond

Peter Piot, Director, Handa Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; 2015 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award Laureate

2:35 pm Closing Remarks

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2020 Canada Gairdner Laureate Lectures webcast

2020 Canada Gairdner Laureate Lectures
Thursday, October 22 &
Friday, October 23
9:00-11:30 am ET (both days)
Thursday:
Dr. Masatoshi Takeichi
Dr. Rolf Kemler
Dr. Mina Bissell
Dr. Elaine Fuchs
Friday:
Dr. Guy Rouleau
Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim
Dr. Salim S. Abdool Karim
Dr. Roel Nusse

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Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel

Available in English and French
Monday, June 29, 2020 11AM-1PM EST

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There has been an unprecedented global scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many scientists have rapidly changed their research directions to help accelerate our understanding of the virus, to search for new treatments, to develop effective vaccines and to rapidly implement clinical trials. The societal and public health impacts of the pandemic need to be assessed and interventions tested.

The Gairdner Foundation seeks to highlight and celebrate the importance of rigorous science and global collaboration in solving major global health issues.  The Canadian government and other funders of research have recently invested considerable funding into major COVID-19 research initiatives in Canada that are contributing to the international efforts to alleviate the pandemic challenge.  This panel will explore some of these Canadian initiatives with the leaders involved. The panel will also discuss the importance of Open Science and international collaboration in promoting equitable access to public health interventions and therapies.

 

Moderator:
Janet Rossant – President & Scientific Director, The Gairdner Foundation

Welcome and Overview

Mona Nemer – Chief Scientist of Canada
Michael Strong – President, CIHR-IRSC
 

Canadian vaccine efforts

Lakshmi Krishnan – Director General, Human Health Therapeutics, National Research Council of Canada
Volker Gerdts – Director & CEO, VIDO-Intervac
Gary Kobinger – Canada Research Chair in Immunotherapy and Innovative Vaccine Platforms, Université Laval    

Audience Q&A
 

Population-wide research and impact

Rob Annan – President & CEO, Genome Canada
Catherine Hankins – Co-Chair, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, McGill University
Carrie Bourrassa, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Audience Q&A
 

Coordination and collaboration

Guy Rouleau – Director, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University & 2020 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Laureate
Vivek Goel – Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives, University of Toronto

Audience Q&A
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020   

11:00 am -1:00 pm EST

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Join us for an exploration of the science of coronavirus infections, the urgent search for new drug therapies and new vaccines, how to model the time course of pandemic outbreaks and the social and economic impact on vulnerable populations worldwide.

We bring together illustrious Canada Gairdner laureates, alongside an outstanding Canadian scientist and previous Chair of the Gairdner Board of Directors, to provide their unique insights into the pandemic and the hope for the future.

Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim

Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim are the founding leaders of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Professors at Columbia University, and Pro-Vice Chancellors at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. They are the 2020 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award laureates for their discovery that antiretrovirals prevent sexual transmission of HIV, laying the foundations for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and contributing to the reduction of HIV infection in Africa and around the world. Their scientific work has been amplified by their focus on the social and behavioral aspects of prevention, transmission and treatment.

More information about Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim.

D. Lorne Tyrrell

Lorne Tyrrell is the Founding Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, University of Alberta, in Edmonton, AB, Canada and Chair Emeritus, Gairdner Foundation. For four decades he has been a leading figure in Canadian health research and in understanding and addressing viral disease, in particular hepatitis B and C.

More information about Lorne Tyrrell.

Christopher Murray

Christopher Murray is the Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), and Professor of Global Health, University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. Along with longtime collaborator Alan Lopez, he received the 2018 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for conceptualizing and quantifying the Global Burden of Disease, part of an extensive career in understanding and interpreting the data of health worldwide.

More information about Christopher Murray.

Rino Rappuoli

Rino Rappuoli is Chief Scientist and Head External R&D, GSK Vaccines in Siena, Italy and 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award laureate for reverse vaccinology, a genomic approach to vaccine discovery that resulted in a life-saving meningococcus B vaccine. Dr. Rappuoli is a leader in vaccine innovation, introducing novel scientific concepts including genetic detoxification, cellular microbiology, reverse vaccinology, and pangenome.

More information about Rino Rappuoli.

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The 2020 Canada Gairdner Award Laureates will be announced at 12:00 am EST on March 31st. Subscribe to our YouTube and social channels to be the first to see the exclusive video announcement from Gairdner Foundation President & Scientific Director, Dr. Janet Rossant:

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Join us at Science North for a public lecture with Dr. Susan Band Horwitz, 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate; Distinguished Professor, Rose C. Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York as she discusses her role in the development and use of Taxol®, a widely used antitumor drug.  She will discuss the journey of Taxol®, from the Yew Tree to the patient.

 

Dr. Horwitz was awarded the 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award “for defining novel mechanisms of action and resistance of drugs of natural product origin, most significantly Taxol®, and promoting their use for treatment of cancer”.

Click here for more information about Dr. Horwitz’s work.

 

Doors open at 6:30pm

Lecture begins at 7:00pm

This event is FREE and open to the public.

 

Join us for a public lecture with Dr. Connie Eaves, 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Laureate; Distinguished Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer; Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia as she discusses Discovering the Secrets of Cancer.

Dr. Eaves was awarded the 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award “for her pioneering work and leadership in the study of hematopoietic, mammary and cancer stem cells and her dedicated advocacy for early- career investigators and women in science”.

The Work: Dr. Eaves’ research has focused on leukemia and breast cancer and the normal tissues in which these diseases originate. Eaves together with her husband, Allen Eaves, and a dedicated group of talented trainees developed methodologies to isolate putative stem cells from living mouse and human tissues, and detect them based on their ability to grow as single cells in specialized tissue cultures or in transplanted mice. This made it possible to quantify blood and mammary gland stem cells in different situations, and discover a hidden population of suppressed normal blood stem cells in patients with leukemia, which has stimulated a search for new therapies. Eaves also showed that leukemic stem cells are actually not dividing most of the time. Her studies of breast cells revealed that similar principles apply to understanding the normal growth of this tissue. More recently, she has developed new methods for creating human leukemia and breast cancer experimentally.

Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Eaves has demonstrated outstanding national and international leadership. She co-founded the Terry Fox Laboratory at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, was a leader in the Canadian Stem Cell Network and held multiple senior roles in the National Cancer Institute of Canada, where she spearheaded the establishment of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance to create the first national source of breast cancer research funding in Canada.

In addition to the national and international accolades received throughout her career, Dr. Eaves is recognized for her exceptional commitment to the training of more than 100 scientists from around the world, including many now in senior leadership positions. Dr. Eaves is also a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in science, a commitment that led to her recognition as a Status of Women Canada Pioneer.

The Impact: Dr. Eaves has shown great initiative and immense talent across her five-decade career. Her dedication to multidisciplinary research and to providing the best training possible for aspiring researchers has strengthened Canadian science and garnered international recognition.

Eaves’ scientific findings have been paradigm-shifting, driving the field of stem cell research forward. Her provision of reproducible and rigorously quantitative methods for analysing the rare cells responsible for maintaining normal blood and mammary tissues has enabled many new lines of research. Eaves continues to apply cutting-edge technology and elegant experimental design to the most pertinent problems in stem cell biology and cancer research, constantly contributing to the ongoing pursuit of cures.

Dr. Eaves holds a BA in Biology & Chemistry and a MSc in Genetics from Queen’s University, and a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester, UK. Following post-doctoral training at the Ontario Cancer Institute under Dr. James Till in collaboration with Dr. Ernest McCulloch, she joined the faculty of the BC Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia in 1973. In 1981, she and her husband co-founded the Terry Fox Laboratory at the BC Cancer Agency where they jointly developed an internationally recognized research program that continues to address fundamental questions in normal and cancer stem cell biology. Dr. Eaves’ contributions include the development and use of quantitative methods to molecularly and biologically characterize rare, functionally defined cells of the blood-forming system, the mammary gland, leukemia, and breast cancer that have become gold standards. More recently, her group has pioneered the creation of new models of human leukemia and breast cancer starting from primary sources of human cells. She has published more than 500 papers and has a long track record as a scientific leader and devoted mentor of more than 100 postgraduate trainees at all levels in multiple disciplines. She has also been an energetic lifelong contributor to the development of science policy and management in Canada and abroad, and maintains an active role as scientific editor and reviewer. She has received many prestigious national and international awards for her numerous and diverse accomplishments, including serving as President of the former National Cancer Institute of Canada, election as a Fellow of the Royal Societies of Canada and Edinburgh, and most recent selection as a 2019 Inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and recipient of the Gairdner-Wightman Award.

For more information and to register visit: http://bit.ly/GairdnerPublicLecture2019 

The 2019 Canada Gairdner Public Lecture Series is presented by TELUS Health.

This event has been made possible with the support of Science World at TELUS World of Science, LifeSciences BC and Amgen British Columbia.

Alberta/Gairdner International Symposium

Precision Health attempts to understand individuals and populations at a level that goes beyond a one-size-fits-all approach, using all available data – clinical, biological, environmental – in an integrated manner. This approach to healthcare and research is transforming how we understand, diagnose and treat immune-mediated disorders, cancers, and rare diseases, to name a few. Precision Health holds the greatest promise for our children – improving the health trajectories of children improves their future.

Celebrate the accomplishments of those who are paving the way for a Precision Health approach to Child Health and Wellness at the prestigious 2019 Gairdner International Symposium, hosted by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Libin Theatre and HRIC Atrium

Program

Program

08:15 – 08:30 | Registration – Libin Theatre

08:30 – 08:40 | Welcome remarks by ACHRI Director, CSM Dean and
Bren Gairdner

08:40 – 09:40 | Lecture by Dr. Dan Kastner, National Institutes of Health
The Systemic Autoinflammatory Diseases: Decoding
Innate Immunity One Patient at a Time

09:40 – 10:10 | Lecture by Dr. Susan Samuel, University of Calgary:
Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome: A Perfect Opportunity
for Precision Medicine to Make a Big Impact

10:10 – 10:30 | Break

10:30 – 11:30 | Lecture by Dr. Lawrence Steinman, Stanford University:
Avoid Thinking Inside or Outside the Box, Just Follow
the Data: A Regulatory Receptor on Immune Cells
Binding Amyloid Structures

11:30 – 12:00 | Lecture by Dr. Scott Patten, University of Calgary:
Can Precision Public Health Help to Reduce the Burden
of Mental Illness in Children and Youth?

12:00 – 12:45 | Lunch – HRIC Atrium

12:45 – 13:45 | Lecture by Dr. Anne Griffiths, Hospital for Sick Children:
Toward Precision Medicine in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

13:45 – 14:15 | Lecture by Dr. Stephen Freedman, University of Calgary:
From Generic Syndromic Approaches to Individualized
Care Using Advanced Diagnostics –
the Acute Gastroenteritis Example

14:15 – 14:30 | Closing remarks

14:30 – 15:30 | Reception – HRIC Atrium

Gairdner is excited to be a partner with the 2019 Women Leaders in Global Health Conference taking place on November 9-10, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. Join us there! 

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The 2019 Women Leaders in Global Health Conference will convene speakers and participants from diverse sectors in global health. The two-day event includes plenary sessions, panel discussions, interactive leadership and skill-building workshops, and opportunities for networking and mentoring.

This year’s conference will include a robust agenda filled with relevant and thought-provoking conversations that inspire dialogue around the leadership challenges facing females working in global health.

The 2019 Women Leaders in Global Health Conference is going to host the following 25+ panel sessions: 

  • Topics on Global Trends and Developments

    • What we have learned from African history: Women’s leadership and the health sector.

    • Cultural Barriers to Women’s Health across Africa.

    • Where do we stand with women’s health and gender equity 25 years after Beijing?

    • Gender discrimination and gaps in academic societies and professional associations.

    • Gender based violence and workplace harassment.

    • Leadership Labyrinth: An honest discussion about career growth of women across global health sectors.

    • Environmental changes and risks to women’s health.

    • Women’s Health: spotlight on cancer.

    • Fairness in research on minorities and women’s health.

    • Women affected by conflict and crisis.

    • Gender inequities in access to health education.

    • Innovations In health.

    • Family and career integration.

    • Gender equity in clinical service delivery.

    • Gender Equity and Women’s leadership in Global Surgery.

Role of Stakeholders:

  • Discussion on solidarity across health professions to fight gender discrimination in academic, research and clinical service delivery.

  • How women can boost research.

  • Role of stakeholders in collective bargaining for health.

  • The role of art and artists in global health and women’s leadership.

  • Using social media to promote women’s leadership.

    WLGH 2020 and Beyond:

    • Early thinking around WLGH; and the future of WLGH conference.

  • Breakfast sessions:

    • Skills on successful research grant applications for young female researchers.

    • Mentorship breakfast for early career global health professionals.

Join us at the Royal Ontario Museum to celebrate our Awardees and the local national and international research community.

To save your space and purchase a table please contact Kelty Reid at kelty@gairdner.org

2019 CANADA GAIRDNER GLOBAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:30 am-1:15 pm

Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
Auditorium, 2nd Floor
686 Bay Street, Toronto

Watch at zoom.us/j/584030667

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Speakers

9:30-9:35 am

Opening Remarks:  
Chair: Stan Zlotkin OC MD PhD FRCP(C), Chief, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

9:35-9:45 am

Welcome Remarks and Keynote Introduction:
Janet Rossant CC PhD FRS FRSC, President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

9:45 -10:15 am

Transforming Mental Health Globally
Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD
2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate; The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Co-founder, Sangath, Goa, India

10:15-10:40 am

THE BANYAN- IN CONVERSATION with DR. KARLEE SILVER
Vandana Gopikumar, PhD
Co-Founder, The Banyan & The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health; Professor, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Chennai, India

10:40-11:05 am

IMPROVING HOUSING AND HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR PERSONS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES
Vicky Stergiopoulos, MD, MHSc, MSc, BSc
Physician-in-Chief, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) ; Professor and Vice-Chair, Clinical and Innovation, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada

11:05-11:20 am
Health Break

 11:20- 11:45 am

FROM FACILITY BASED CARE TO COMMUNITY BASED INTERVENTIONS: A ‘SPIRIT’ED RESPONSE TO THE BURDEN OF ALCOHOL USE DISORDERS
Abhijit Nadkarni MBBS,DPM,MRCPsych,MSc,PhD
Associate Professor, Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH), Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; Co-Director, Addictions Research Group, Sangath, Goa, India
Goa, India; London, UK

11:45 am-12:10 pm

FRIENDSHIP BENCHES NYC CLOSING TREATMENT GAPS AND ADVANCING EQUITY ACROSS NYC NEIGHBORHOODS
Takeesha White, LMSW 
Friendship Bench Program, New York; Acting Assistant Commissioner in the Center for Health Equity, at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York City, NY, USA

 

12:10-1:10 pm
Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator
Peter Szatmari
Professor and Head, Division of Child and Youth Mental Health, University of Toronto; Chief of Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative, The Hospital for Sick Children and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada

Panel Members

Renee Linklater               
PhD Director, Shkaabe Makwa, CAMH
Toronto, ON, Canada

Daisy Singla
Assistant Professor, Equity, Gender and Population, Psychotherapies, Humanities and Education Scholarship, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada

Takeesha White

Abhijit Nadkarni

Vicky Stergiopoulos

Vikram Patel

 

1:10-1:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Chair: Stan Zlotkin OC MD PhD FRCP(C), Chief, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Sponsors:

 

 

2019 CANADA GAIRDNER SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:00 am-1:00 pm

MaRS Auditorium, Lower Level
101 College St, Toronto, ON

LIVE WEBCAST:

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9:00-9:10
Introductory Remarks

9:10-9:15   
Chair: Dr. Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

9:15-9:45  2019 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate

Susan Band Horwitz, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Rose C. Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

9:45-10:15  2019 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate

Ronald Vale, PhD, Professor, Cellular Molecular Pharmacology University of California, San Francisco; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

10:15-10:45 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate

Timothy A. Springer, PhD, Latham Family Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; Chairman, Institute for Protein Innovation

10:45-11:05     
Health Break
11:05-11:10        
Chair: Dr. Alan Bernstein, President & CEO, CIFAR

11:10- 11:40 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate

Bruce Stillman, PhD, FRS, President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

11:40-12:10 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate

John F.X. Diffley, PhD, FRS, FMedSci, Associate Research Director, The Francis Crick Institute, London, U.K.

12:10-12:40 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Laureate

Connie Jean Eaves, PhD, Distinguished Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer; Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B..C.

12:40-1:10  2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award Laureate

Vikram Patel, PhD, FMedSci, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Honorary Professor of Global Mental Health, Centre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi; Co-founder, Sangath, India

1:10-1:15
Closing Remarks

2019 CANADA GAIRDNER SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:00 am-1:00 pm

Women’s College Hospital Auditorium, 2nd Floor
76 Grenville St. Toronto, ON

LIVE WEBCAST:

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9:00-9:15   Opening Remarks
Chair: Charles Boone PhD, FRSC, Anne and Max Tanenbaum Chair in Molecular Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

9:15-9:50 The Mechanism of DNA Replication Termination”
Johannes Walter PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
American Cancer Society Research Professor
Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA

9:50-10:25 “DNA Replication Stress Response at the Replisome”
Agata Smogorzewska MD PhD
Associate Professor; Head, Laboratory of Genome Maintenance
Rockefeller University
New York, NY, USA

10:25-11:00 “Regulation of DNA replication in unperturbed and DNA damaging conditions”
Dana Branzei PhD
Principal Investigator; Director of the DNA Repair lab
IFOM, FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology
Milan, Italy

11:00-11:15  Health Break

11:15-11:20  Chair: Lea Harrington PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

11:20-11:55 “Exploiting Functional Genomics to Understand DNA Replication Stress”
Grant W. Brown PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada

11:55-12:30 “Mechanism and Consequences of Break-Induced Replication”
Lorraine Symington PhD
Harold S. Ginsberg Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Microbiology & Immunology
Columbia University
New York, NY, USA

12:30-1:05 “Consequences of aneuploidy and its role in tumorigenesis”
Angelika Amon PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston, MA, USA

 

Followed by ticketed lunch event at with speakers/ students /post grads

Register for the lunch: http://bit.ly/2lIqvyk 

 

Presenting Sponsor:

Join us for a public lecture with Dr. Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation as she discusses, Human Stem Cells and Gene Editing: The promise, the challenges and the ethical concerns.

Dr. Janet Rossant is a world leader in developmental and stem cell biology. Dr. Rossant has provided significant insights into how an embryo develops, how genes control development and how pluripotent and other stem cells are established. Her research interests focus on understanding the genetic control of normal and abnormal development in the mouse embryo and its impact on human development and disease.

Dr. Rossant, SickKids Chief of Research Emeritus and a world-renowned expert in developmental biology, is the definition of a trailblazer. She started as the Gairdner Foundation’s President and Scientific Director on May 4, 2016. Widely known for her studies of the genes that control embryonic development in the mouse, Rossant has pioneered techniques for following cell fate and altering genes in embryos. This work continues to resonate in medical genetic research. Her current research focuses on stem cell development and cell differentiation in the developing embryo, important areas for the study of birth defects as well as regenerative medicine. Firmly planted on the front lines of technological change, Rossant has established SickKids as a global forerunner in genetic research. Dr. Rossant is also a Canada Gairdner Award laureate, winning the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award in 2015.

Dr. Rossant has been recognized for her contributions to science with many awards, including the Ross G. Harrison Medal (lifetime achievement award) from the International Society of Developmental Biologists, the Killam Prize for Health Sciences, the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, the Conklin Medal from the Society for Developmental Biology, the CIHR Michael Smith Prize in Health Research, the 10th ISTT Prize from the International Society for Transgenic Technologies in Edinburgh, Scotland and the 2018 L’Oreal For Women in Science Award. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Societies of London and Canada, and is a foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Science.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Proudly presented by TELUS Health.

International Health Science Symposium Competition

We invite applications for our annual Gairdner Ontario Symposium Grant.

Deadline:  Monday, September 9, 2019

Gairdner offers significant funding and support to bring the world’s best health scientists to Canada to address the newest discoveries and most pressing issues in biomedical research.

We encourage applicants to include prominent international scientists, student outreach, public lectures and innovative programming. Partnerships between institutions or organizations are welcomed if beneficial to the overall program.

 Organizational Guidelines:

  • The Symposium must take place in the 2020 calendar year in the province of Ontario.
  • The Symposium must be at least one full day in length.
  • The Symposium must highlight an area of biomedical research with current importance and advances.

To be considered for this grant, please complete the Symposium Planning and Symposium Budget forms available below and submit to Sarah Devonshire at sarah@gairdner.org  by Monday, September 9, 2019.

Download Application Forms

To learn more about this year’s selected symposium, please visit their website HERE.

 

Presenting Sponsor

International Health Science Symposium Competition

In partnership with:

We invite applications for our annual Gairdner Quebec Symposium Grant.

Deadline:  Friday, September 6, 2019

Winning proposal will receive $25,000 CAD, communications assistance, and planning support from the Gairdner Foundation.

We encourage applicants to include prominent international scientists, student outreach, public lectures and innovative programming. Partnerships between institutions or organizations are welcomed if beneficial to the overall program.

Organizational Guidelines:

  • The Symposium must take place in the 2020 calendar year in the province of Quebec.
  • The Symposium must be at least one full day in length.
  • The Symposium must highlight an area of biomedical research with current importance and advances.

To be considered for this grant, please complete the Symposium Planning and Symposium Budget form available below and submit to Sarah Devonshire at sarah@gairdner.org  by Friday, September 6, 2019.

Download application in English

Download application in French

The winning submission will be notified by Friday, September 20, 2019 and will be announced publicly during the opening remarks at this year’s Gairdner Quebec Symposium on Monday, September 23, 2019.

To learn more about this year’s selected symposium, please visit their website HERE.

 

 

REGISTER NOW

Date: September 30, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Lower Concourse Auditorium, MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON

Who will be there? STEMM undergraduates, graduates, trainees and faculty; industry,governance and administration; all genders and diverse backgrounds


MORNING SESSION: PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR ADDRESSING BARRIERS

Introduction: Dr. Janet Rossant, President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

9:00-9:10

Starting the discussion Where are we?


9:10-10:05 Breakout sessions Table Discussions with Field Facilitators


10:05-10:40 Report-back Session


10:40-10:55 Health Break


10:55- 11:50 Panel Discussion  Diversity in STEMM- Stories from the Frontline
Moderator: Imogen R. Coe PhD, Professor, Chemistry & Biology, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University

Eugenia Duodu PhD, CEO, Visions of Science & Chemist
“Re-envisioning the future of STEM”

Quarraisha Abdool Karim PhD, Professor, CAPRISA, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu- Natal, Durban, South Africa
“HIV in Africa: The importance of HIV prevention in young women”

Janet Smylie MD MPH FCFP, Director, Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
“Divining for Buffalo: Notes on Asserting Indigenous Science”


11:50-12:50 Lunch and networking

AFTERNOON SESSION: WOMEN AT THE FRONTIERS OF EXCELLENCE

STEM Talks with L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science

12:50- 1:00

 

 

Chair: Lisa Robinson MD FRCP(C),Associate Dean, Inclusion and Diversity, University of Toronto School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto; Head, Division of Nephrology, The Hospital For Sick Children; Senior Scientist, SickKids Research Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada


1:00-1:20   Bridging the gap between molecules and nanoparticles
Eugenia Kumacheva PhD FRS FRSC,University Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award Laureate 2009


1:20-1:40   Understanding Host-Microbe Interactions Underlying Bacterial Infection
Vanessa D’Costa PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada; L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow


1:40-2:00   Stem cells, embryos and gene editing

Janet Rossant CC PhD FRS FRSC,President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation; Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus, Hospital for Sick Children; University Professor Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award Laureate 2018


2:00-2:20   Killing Me Softly… and Other Hit Songs
Nausheen Sadiq PhD, Research Chemist, Brooks Applied Labs, Bothwell, WA, USA; L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow


2:20-2:40   Health Break

2:40-3:00   Growing Up in the Jurassic Generation

Victoria Arbour PhD, Curator of Paleontology, Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC, Canada; L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow


3:00-3:20   Engineering the Future of Medicine

Molly Shoichet PhD OC OOnt, University Professor and Canada Research Chair, Tissue Engineering, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award Laureate 2015


3:20-3:40   Understanding how cells protect molecules during stress
Kate (Hyun) Lee PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow


3:40-4:00   Preventing HIV in Young Women:  Prospects and Challenges
Quarraisha Abdool Karim PhD, Professor, CAPRISA, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu- Natal, Durban, South Africa; L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award Laureate 2016


4:00-4:30   Keynote Lecture: The Diversity of Excellence – Beyond ”Weight-lifting for Girls”

Barbara Sherwood Lollar PhD CC FRS FRSC, University Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada


4:30-4:35

  Closing remarks: Dr. Janet Rossant, President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation


4:35- 5:30   Networking reception

Event Sponsors:

 

 

 

All Gairdner Award nominations to be considered for the 2020 awards must be completed via the Gairdner Awards Portal by 11:59 pm on October 1, 2019.

 

Guidelines for each of the three Awards are available here:

Canada Gairdner International Award

John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

 

Access the Gairdner Awards Portal here: https://webportalapp.com/sp/gairdner 

 

If you have any questions about the portal or the nomination process, please contact nominations@gairdner.org

Gairdner International Symposium
12th NPY-PYY-PP Meeting

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

July 27-31, 2019

This symposium will include sessions on the roles peptides play in Stress, Energy Balance, Neocortex, Psychiatric disorders, Pain, Brain Development, Metabolism, Cancer, GPCR Structure and Function among others.

Speakers will include Scott Sternson (Janelia Farm), Michael Cowley (Monash), Jens Brüning (Köln), Sebastien Bouret (USC/Lille), Lynn Dobrunz (Alabama) and Prof. Tomas Hökfelt (Karolinska Institute).

 

Details and registration available HERE.

 

Thursday, November 14th – “How Did We Get Here?” (Public)
Successfully addressing the global AMR crisis goes beyond innovation in scientific research – it starts with a greater understanding of how the choices we make in our everyday lives help contribute to the problem of AMR in the first place. As such, our Symposium will begin with a series of interactive and educational public evening lectures with the overarching theme of “How Did We Get Here?”. These presentations intend to provide a comprehensive overview of the past, current, and future state of the AMR crisis upon which the remainder of the seminar will build upon from a solutions-based standpoint. Importantly, this session will give the public an opportunity to engage with our speakers at large on the AMR crisis and what needs to happen to address it.

Friday, November 15th – “How Did We Get Here?” (Academic)
The second day of the 2019 Gairdner Symposium will be highly solutions-focused, with presentations delivered by international health and science experts representing all sectors of AMR innovation. Our speakers will discuss the current status and future potential of modern-day AMR strategies and solutions, specifically as they pertain to the areas of drug discovery, surveillance, and antimicrobial stewardship.

www.fightamr2019.com

 

Symposium Sponsor:

Join us September 22-27 for the 2019 Quebec International Symposium with RiboClub and the Universite de Sherbrooke.

The symposium will cover different topics related to the chemistry, structure and biology of RNA with emphasis on upcoming and debatable biological questions.

Featuring Gairdner Laureates:

Joan Steitz
Lynn Maquat
Phillip Sharp
Victor Ambros

And many other outstanding RNA scientists. View the full agenda here

Watch the Public Sessions LIVE on Monday, September 23 starting at 9:00 am EST.
https://riboclubsherbrooke.adobeconnect.com/anniversary/

Full Public Session Schedule HERE

Join us as we celebrate and honor the ground-breaking work of our new laureates!

On the 60th Anniversary of the Canada Gairdner Awards, join us for an exciting morning of breakfast, networking and exceptional science as the winners of the 2019 Canada Gairdner Awards are announced.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019     7:30-9:00 am

Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

To reserve your free seat HERE or for further information, please contact Kelty Reid at kelty@gairdner.org

Can’t join in person? Watch via our live webcast: bit.ly/2019GairdnerAnnouncement 

 

 

Connect with your nearest Gairdner Program Partner University for details on program times and locations:

  •  Université de Sherbrooke – September 24, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Davor Solter, Emeritus Member and Director, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics; Visiting International Professor, Siriraj Center for Excellence in Stem Cell Research, Mahidol University; Visiting Professor, University of Zagreb Medical School
  • University of Lethbridge – October 19, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenetics Research, Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; Marshall-Walton Professor, University of Cambridge
  • Université Laval – October 19, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Peter Hegemann, Hertie Professor for Neurosciences, Experimental Biophysics, Department of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • University of Alberta – October 22, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Edward S. Boyden,Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, Professor, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Lab and McGovern Institute, MIT and Dr. Davor Solter, Emeritus Member and Director, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics; Visiting International Professor, Siriraj Center for Excellence in Stem Cell Research, Mahidol University; Visiting Professor, University of Zagreb Medical School
  • University of British Columbia – October 22, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenetics Research, Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; Marshall-Walton Professor, University of Cambridge and Dr. Christopher J. Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME); Professor of Global Health, University of Washington
  • University of Winnipeg – October 23, 2018
    Student Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry, Stanford University; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medica  Institute
  • University of Manitoba – October 23, 2018
    National Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry, Stanford University; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Western University – October 22, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Alan D. Lopez, Melbourne Laureate Professor, Rowden-White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement, University of Melbourne
  • McGill University – October 22, 2018 
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Peter Hegemann, Hertie Professor for Neurosciences, Experimental Biophysics, Department of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Université de Montréal – October 23, 2018
    National Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Peter Hegemann, Hertie Professor for Neurosciences, Experimental Biophysics, Department of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • University of Calgary – October 23, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Edward S. Boyden,Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, Professor, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Lab and McGovern Institute, MIT and Dr. Davor Solter, Emeritus Member and Director, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics; Visiting International Professor, Siriraj Center for Excellence in Stem Cell Research, Mahidol University; Visiting Professor, University of Zagreb Medical School
  • Carleton University – October 23, 2018
    Student Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Lewis E. Kay, Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • University of Ottawa – October 23, 2018
    National Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Lewis E. Kay, Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada and Dr. Alan D. Lopez, Melbourne Laureate Professor, Rowden-White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement, University of Melbourne
  • University of Waterloo – October 23, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. King Holmes, University of Washington 
  • University of Saskatchewan – October 23, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring: Dr. John R. Gordon, PhD, Professor,Division of Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • McMaster University – October 24, 2018
    National Lecture featuring:
    Dr. King Holmes, University of Washington 
  • York University – October 24, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Lewis E. Kay, Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada and Dr. Nada Jabado, Professor, Department of Pediatrics McGill University Montreal, QC
  • University of Guelph – October 24, 2018
    National Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenetics Research, Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; Marshall-Walton Professor, University of Cambridge
  • Queen’s University – October 24, 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, Associate Professor, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences; Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Concordia University – October 24, 2018
    National Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Peter Hegemann, Hertie Professor for Neurosciences, Experimental Biophysics, Department of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • University of Toronto – October 26, 2018
    Student Lecture featuring:
    Dr. Frances A. Shepherd, Medical oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network; Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto and Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, Associate Professor, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences; Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • University of New Brunswick – November 7-8 2018
    National & Student Lectures featuring:
    Dr. Frances A. Shepherd, Medical oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network; Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

The Gairdner Foundation in collaboration with SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Grand Challenges Canada present:

THE 2018 CANADA GAIRDNER GLOBAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

The Global Burden of Disease and
Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals

The live webcast will  be available here: https://zoom.us/j/933282019

Distinguished Speakers:
Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray and Dr. Alan D. Lopez
2018 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award Winners
Co-Founders of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study

Panelists:
Dr. Nadia Akseer, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health; Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Dr. James Blanchard, University of Manitoba
Dr. Pamela Y. Collins, University of Washington

Opening and Closing Remarks:
Dr. Janet Rossant, President, Gairdner Foundation
Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

Luncheon will follow the Symposium from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the PGCRL gallery.

Registration opens at 8:00AM

Opening remarks will begin at 8:30, immediately followed by Dr. Scott’s talk.

The talk will conclude at 9:30, with a possible opportunity for the audience to ask the speaker questions if time permits.

Robots to assess brain dysfunction: will sure and steady win the race?

Dr. Scott’s mathematical model and device is being used to increase understanding of the role the brain plays in arm and leg movement. His invention may ultimately improve methods for assessing and rehabilitating stroke and spinal cord victims. It could also help provide the basis for developing neural prostheses capable of restoring function to paralyzed limbs.

 The Work: Spanning the specializations of systems neuroscience, cognitive/behavioural neuroscience and clinical neuroscience, Dr. Scott’s research focuses on how different regions of the brain are involved in motor control and learning. He is the inventor of a robotic device called KINARM, the world’s first robotic system for measuring, with exquisite sensitivity and precision, the effects of brain injury on an individual’s ability to perform ordinary movements and tasks.  In addition to being used in 60 institutions worldwide for research into a wide range of brain injuries and diseases, such as stroke, concussion, transient ischemic attack, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease,  KINARMs are currently being used in more than 10 clinical studies at Kingston General, Hotel Dieu, and St. Mary’s of the Lake hospitals, investigating topics as diverse as sensorimotor function in children, ALS, the impact of cardiac arrest or kidney failure on brain function, and motor performance before and after shoulder joint replacements.

Biography: Dr. Stephen Scott holds the GSK Chair in Neuroscience and is Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. He received a B.A.Sc. and an M.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. in physiology from Queen’s University. His basic research explores the neural, behavioural and mechanical basis of voluntary motor control including studies on human and non-human primates. His clinical research explores the potential of robotics as a next generation technology for neurological assessment related to stroke and other neurological disorders/injuries. He is the inventor of the KINARM robot and is actively involved in the development of advanced technologies for use in basic and clinical research.  He is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of BKIN Technologies that commercializes the KINARM robotic platform.

  •  2012 recipient of the Barbara Turnbull Award, which recognizes outstanding research into spinal cord injury in Canada.
  • 2003 recipient of The Premier’s Research and Excellence Awards.
  • 2002 recipient of the Mihran and Mary Basmajian Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Scott was recognized for his research into the coordination and adaptive learning of limb movements and how regions of the brain are involved in these tasks.

Featuring Andre Picard, Health Reporter, Globe and Mail in conversation with Christina Sit, Lung Cancer Canada and a lung cancer patient.

Register HERE

Sponsored by:

Register here.

A New Frontier for Brain Therapy

The Gairdner Foundation and Sunnybrook Research Institute are bringing the world’s leading scientists together for a state-of-the-field symposium on this new frontier of brain therapy, which has the capacity to treat brain diseases where few or no options exist.

focusedultrasound.ca

The symposium will feature leading experts in focused ultrasound, plus special guest speakers:

Public Lecture with Alan Alda and Dr. Brian Greene
November 20, 2018 3:00 pm

Alan Alda
TV icon and science communicator
Dr. Brian Greene
Physicist, string theorist and author

Alan Alda and Dr. Brian Greene will talk about the journey from scientific discovery to impact—how science can transform lives, just as the global focused ultrasound research effort is doing—and the art of communicating about such discovery.

Reserve your free tickets HERE

Scientific Symposium featuring Dr. Cori Bargmann
November 21, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cori Bargmann
Neuroscientist and president of science of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Neurobiologist and geneticist Dr. Cori Bargmann will talk about how the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is accelerating science to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of this century.

Reserve your free tickets HERE

Join us at the Royal Ontario Museum to celebrate our Awardees and the local national and international research community.

To save your space and purchase a table please contact Paige O’Beirne at paige@gairdner.org 

 

Join us to learn about the exceptional work that won this year’s awards and the exceptional individuals behind it.

2018 Canada Gairdner Laureates Lectures
Thursday, October 25, 2018
9:00 am- 2:30 pm

Macleod Auditorium, University of Toronto, 1 King’s College Circle
*This event is free and registration is not required.  Seats are offered on a first come first served basis.*

This event will also be webcast live here: Bit.ly/Gairdner2018

Kick off Gairdner Week in Toronto at our annual state-of-the-art scientific symposium.

Watch this event live via webcast at Bit.ly/Gairdner2018

*This event is free and registration is not required.  Seats are offered on a first come first served basis.

Presented by  The Gairdner Foundation & Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

The Conference
Canada’s commitment to global public health policy reform, program implementation and ongoing  preparedness has been heralded by public and political dignitaries from around the world.

Canada’s success in hosting the 2016 replenishment conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and increased pledge to the fund demonstrated Canada’s commitment to contribute to global public health.

However, there remain many critical unmet needs, particularly with respect to translating promising strategies and interventions into better health outcomes and improved equity.

The Canada and Global Public Health: Moving from Strategy to Action conference, hosted by the University of Manitoba, will be a forum for identifying promising strategies through which Canada can contribute to addressing these needs. Key topics for the conference include:

  • Identifying key challenges in global public health and emerging strategies and opportunities for addressing them;
  • Reviewing areas of Canadian excellence for improving global public health; and
  • Developing concrete strategies for mobilizing and coordinating Canada’s efforts in global public health to enhance their impact.

The conference will bring together leaders in global public health from across Canada and internationally to present and discuss key issues in global public health and identify ways in which Canada take can move from strategy to action.

The conference will focus on four main themes:

A. Current challenges and opportunities in global public health
B. Canada’s role and contributions in global public health
C. Canada’s future role in global health
D. Moving from strategy to action

An International Symposium about Inequalities In Genomics Research (and what to do about them)

Featuring a Training Course, Public Lectures (with simultaneous translation in English and French) & two full days of Scientific Sessions

For full details on activities, speakers, titles and  registration please visit: https://www.genomicsgap.com/

As part of the Symposium on Health Through Food and Microbe. See the full program for the day HERE 

Western University – Lawson Health Research Institute will host a 2018 Canada Gairdner Global Health Lecture on “Planetary health through food and microbes.”

  • When: Friday, May 4, 2018 from 12:45 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Western University, Arts & Humanities Building, Room 1R40

This symposium will cover dynamic areas of research that are collectively impacting society and human well-being. These include pollination, bioremediation, fermented foods, nutrition and how microbes and their metabolites can confer a range of health benefits.

The Gairdner Global Health Lecture, “Food for 9.7 billion people,” will be delivered by Rob Vos, Director Markets, Trade and Institutions, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC.

Featuring a Public Lecture in partnership with the Gairdner Foundation

Register for the Public Lecture here

Register for the Conference here

This 1.5 day event held April 26 and 27 at the National Arts Centre in downtown Ottawa will focus on Precision Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and will highlight recent advancements and breakthroughs in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease in a precise targeted manner. The conference will feature some of the latest in systems biology, big data analytics, biomarkers, disease-in-a-dish modelling and personalized health innovations. The science will address impacts on cardiometabolic diseases, atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.

This accredited event will bring together translational scientists, clinician scientists, cardiologists and trainees in cardiovascular science, and will facilitate scientific dialogue, exchange of information, and networking that will enable international collaborative opportunities. Additional sessions outside of plenary lectures will include a trainee career networking event and a public lecture.

Save the date!

The winners of the 2018 Canada Gairdner Awards will be announced at a breakfast at the Toronto Reference Library on March 27th, 2018.

Join us as we celebrate and honor the ground-breaking work of our seven new laureates!

Time: 7:30 am breakfast, followed by remarks from 8:00am- 9:00am.

Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

If you are interested in attending and would like to reserve a seat or table, please contact Paige Johnson at: paige@gairdner.org or 416-596-9996 ext. 207.

With Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou

2016 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate, Associate Professor of Food Science and the Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research at North Carolina State University.

 Join Gairdner and MaRS for a unique conversation about the collision of science and business with leading CRISPR expert, Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou.

Learn more about the past, present and future of CRISPR technology and how Dr. Barrangou used his entrepreneurial talents to build and empower businesses during the CRISPR Craze.

 

Wednesday, October 25

8:30-9:30 a.m., registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

CIBC LIVE Lounge, MaRS Centre, West Tower

101 College St, Toronto

Coffee & light refreshments to be served

Join us for a ‘Women in Science’ conversation with Dr. Huda Zoghbi, 2017 Canada Gairdner International Awardee, in a relaxed and informative atmosphere at the Croft Chapter House.

We are limited to 50 guests, so register soon!

Launch of the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre (WCMC)

Thursday, November 9 – Friday, November 10, 2017 Foothills Campus

 NE LAISSEZ PAS S’ÉTEINDRE VOTRE CERVEAU!

 A lecture by Dr. Antoine Hakim

Are hypertension, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, physical inactivity, social isolation or depression threatening our brain? What to do to protect yourself from stroke or dementia? Is this irreversible? Is physical activity more important than brain training?

Hear from 2017 Canada Gairdner Wightman laureate Dr. Antoine Hakim, a neurologist who has spent his entire career as a researcher demonstrating the importance of maintaining his cognitive vitality.

Can’t make it in person? Watch the webcast here: http://webdiffusion.uqam.ca/coeurdessciences/.

From Peppermints to Pit Vipers

With 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award laureate Dr. David Julius

Our senses enable us to interpret and experience the world in which we live. Sensory systems are fine-tuned by evolution to detect signals that are most relevant to an animal’s lifestyle and environment. How do spices and snakes help us understand this important sensory process while generating new ideas for basic research and drug development?

Lecture will be moderated by Christine Birak, CBC National News Health and Science Reporter.

Location: Ontario Science Centre

Doors open: 7 p.m., Lecture begins: 7:30 p.m.

Presented by TELUS Health in partnership with the Gairdner Foundation.

Tickets on sale now: http://bit.ly/GreatConvos

For more information, please visit The Ontario Science Centre page.

Join our 2017 Canada Gairdner Award laureates and world class scientists on the lecture circuit as they share their ground breaking research at a university near you!

 

September 25, 2017

Université de Sherbrooke: Dr. Jack Szostak

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

October 19 and 20, 2017

University of Lethbridge: Dr. Lewis Kay

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

October 20, 2017

Université Laval: Dr. Antoine Hakim

  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

October 23, 2017

University of British Columbia: Dr. Huda Zoghbi & Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

University of Alberta: Dr. Lewis Kay & Dr. David Julius

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

University of Winnipeg: Dr. Lynne Maquat

  • Student (high school) Lecture

University of Manitoba: Dr. Lynne Maquat

  • Gairdner National Lecture

Western University: Dr. Rino Rappuoli

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

October 24, 2017

Carleton University: Dr. Cesar Victora

  • Student (high school) Lecture

University of Ottawa: Dr. Cesar Victora & Dr. Antoine Hakim

  • Gairdner National Lecture

University of Saskatchewan: Dr. Lynne Maquat

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

Université de Montréal: Dr. David Julius

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

University of Waterloo: Dr. Rino Rappuoli

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

University of Calgary: Dr. Huda Zoghbi & Dr. Lewis Kay

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

October 25, 2017

McMaster University: Dr. Rino Rappuoli

  • Gairdner National Lecture

York University: Dr. Lea Harrington & Dr. David Julius

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

University of Guelph: Dr. Frank Plummer

  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

October 27, 2017

University of Toronto: Dr. Huda Zoghbi & Dr. Cesar Victora

  • Student (high school) Lecture

 

November 1-2, 2017

University of New Brunswick: Dr. Janet Rossant

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

November 14, 2017

McGill University: Dr. Lewis Kay

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

March 8, 2018

Lakehead University

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

Dalhousie University: Date TBD

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

Laurentian University: Date TBD

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

Memorial University: Date TBD

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

February 1 & 2, 2018

Queen’s University

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

University of Prince Edward Island: Date TBD

  • Student (high school) Lecture
  • Gairdner National Lecture

 

 

 

 

Please join the Gairdner Foundation, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and Dalla Lana School of Public Health for the 2017 Gairdner Global Health Symposium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cesar Victora, 2017 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate; Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil

*note different locations for morning & afternoon sessions*

Neural Plasticity: Synapses to circuits

Join leading researchers in neuroplasticity as they discuss:

-Developmental and synaptic plasticity

-Adaptive modulation of neural circuits

-Neural ensemble organization and plasticity

-Neural oscillations in plastic circuits

Register here:

http://go.yorku.ca/symposium 

In partnership with our Gairdner Public Lecture with Eric Kandel on Sunday, November 19.  

Dr. Eric Kandel will discuss two perspectives on our understanding of the neural systems and molecular mechanisms that contribute to learning and long-term memory.

– How different memory systems were identified in the human brain and how they were shown to be involved in two major forms of neural memory storage: 1) simple memory for perceptual and motor skills and 2) complex memory for facts and events.

– The studies that demonstrated that long-term memory is reflected in the growth of new synaptic connections.

This will lead into a discussion on how our insights into memory storage are allowing us to understand the two major forms of age related memory loss.

Can’t make it in person? Watch the webcast here: http://bit.ly/2geLMxt

And join us on Monday for the full-day symposium “Neural Plasticity: Synapses to circuits” in partnership with York University

Featuring all seven of our 2017 Canada Gairdner Award laureates, The Gairdner Foundation’s annual laureate research symposium brings together leading Canadian and international scientists to share their ground breaking biomedical research with audiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gairdner Foundation’s annual research symposia convene world-renowned scientists to discuss relevant global health topics and share their cutting-edge research with audiences.

The theme of Gairdner’s 2017 Friday Symposium is “New frontiers in targeted therapies for human health,” with each of our six speakers presenting on a variety of related topics.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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