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The Gairdner Foundation, established in 1957, is dedicated to fulfilling James A. Gairdner’s vision to recognize major research contributions to the treatment of disease and alleviation of human suffering. Through annual prestigious Canada Gairdner Awards, the Gairdner Foundation celebrates the world’s most creative and accomplished researchers whose work is improving the health and well-being of people around the world.Learn more
418Since 1957, The Gairdner Foundation has distributed 418 awards for outstanding scientific research.
40The number of countries that Gairdner awardees come from.
96The number of Gairdner awardees who have gone on to win the prestigious Nobel Prize.
The Canada Gairdner Awards celebrate the world’s best biomedical and global health researchers through annual prestigious awards. Since 1957, 418 awards have been bestowed on laureates from over 40 countries, and of those awardees, 96 have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.
Canada Gairdner International Award
Five awarded annually. Awarded to outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions resulting in an increased understanding of human biology and disease.Read more
John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
One awarded annually. Awarded for scientifically based research that has improved the health and well-being of those facing health inequities worldwide.Read more
Canada Gairdner Momentum Award
Two awarded annually. Awarded to mid-career researchers working in Canada who in their last six active years have produced exceptional scientific research contributions with continued potential for impact on human health.Read more
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