October 5, 2020
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded to 2013 Canada Gairdner Award Laureate
2013 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate, Dr. Harvey J Alter was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today. He was awarded “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus” with Dr. Michael Houghton and Dr. Charles M. Rice
In 2013, Dr. Alter received the Canada Gairdner International Award alongside Dr. Daniel W. Bradley, for their research which led to the isolation and discovery of the hepatitis C virus and subsequent, preventative screening tests which have virtually eliminated the spread of the virus through blood-transfusions.
Dr. Alter becomes the 93rd Canada Gairdner laureate to subsequently win the Nobel Prize.