The recipients of Canada’s most prestigious science awards, the Gairdner Awards, was recently announced. The Awards recognize researchers for their contributions to the field of medical research. The 2011 Gairdner Awards Recipients are:
2011 Canada Gairdner International Awards:
Adrian Peter Bird Ph.D., Howard Cedar M.D., Ph.D., and Aharon Razin Ph.D. for their discoveries on DNA methylation and its role in gene expression.
Shizou Akira M.D., Ph.D. and Jules A. Hoffman Ph.D. for their discoveries and definition of the family of Toll like receptors and the array of microbial compounds that they recognize to provide innate resistance to infection.
2011 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award:
Robert Black M.D., MPH for his contributions to improving child survival and for critical clinical and epidemiological studies to reduce childhood diarrheal deaths.
2011 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award:
Michael Hayden CM, OBC, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., FRCP (C), FRSC for his national and international leadership for medical genetics, entreprenuership and humanitarianism.
Awards winners will present lectures in October 2011 as part of the nation-wide celebration of the Gairdner Awards. A review of the 2010 Gairdner Award recipients and awards lectures can be found in a previous post. For more informatio about the Gairdners, visit the website.