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2009 Gairdner Award Winners Announced

This year’s Gairdner International Award winners:

  • Shinya Yamanaka, for making pluripotent stem cells from epidermal somatic tissue;
  • Lucy Shapiro of Stanford University and Richard Losick of Harvard University for their research on how bacteria grow, divide or become dormant; and
  • Kazutoshi Mori of Kyoto University and Peter Walter of the University of California for their work on protein folding.

The inaugural Global Health Award will go to Nubia Munoz, emeritus professor of the National Cancer Institute in Colombia, for work that led to developing cervical cancer vaccines; and

The Gairdner Wightman Award, given to a Canadian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science, will be given to Dr. David Sackett “for his leadership in the fields of clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine.”

The awards will be presented in Toronto, at the annual symposium, this year from October 28-30. Seventy-three Gairdner winners over the past 50 years have also become Nobel laureates.  Thanks to a $20-million endowment for the Gairdner Foundation from the Canadian government, each recipient this year will get $100,000, compared with the $30,000 prize that each of last year’s winners took home.

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