2023 Canada Gairdner Awards Gala

Congratulations to the 2023 Canada Gairdner Award Laureates!

The 2023 Canada Gairdner Awards Gala took place on October 26 at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). An overwhelming sense of excitement, community and celebration was palpable as we awarded our 2023 Canada Gairdner Award laureates and their exceptional contributions to the health of people around the world. More than 400 were in attendance including dignitaries from Canada, USA, Argentina, government representatives, members of the scientific and academic communities and students invited by Visions of Science, The Knowledge Society and Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS).

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Scroll down to watch all 2023 Gairdner Award Laureate acceptance speeches!
2023 Canada Gairdner International Awards

Awarded “For developing AlphaFold, which has been heralded as an AI-based solution to the 50-year grand challenge of protein structure prediction and has culminated in the release of the most accurate and complete picture of the structure of the human proteome, with enormous potential to accelerate biological and medical research.”

Demis Hassabis, PhD CBE FRS FREng

Founder & CEO, DeepMind; AlphaFold Project Lead  

John Jumper, PhD, MPhil

AlphaFold Lead and Senior Staff Research Scientist, DeepMind


Awarded “For their discoveries of how bacteria communicate with each other and surrounding non-bacterial cells, providing a new paradigm for how microbes behave and yielding novel avenues for therapeutics against infectious diseases.”

Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD

Squibb Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator


E Peter Greenberg, PhD

Eugene and Martha Nester Endowed Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology and Molecular & Cellular Biology Program, University of Washington School of Medicine


Michael R. Silverman, PhD

Emeritus Investigator, The Agouron Institute; Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


2023 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

Awarded “For the development of innovative, evidence-based and low-cost global interventions in maternal and child health during the perinatal period that improve wellbeing and care during pregnancy, reduce morbidity and mortality, and promote equity in vulnerable populations.”

José Belizán, MD, PhD


2023 Canada Gairdner Momentum Awards

Awarded “For Indigenous-led mental health and substance use research that leads to culturally and contextually appropriate services for Indigenous children, adolescents, and adults.”

Christopher Mushquash, Ph.D., C.Psych


Awarded “For advancing the molecular and genomic understanding of brain tumours, leading to better ways of discriminating, classifying and managing brain tumour subtypes with potential to transform the clinical care of the disease.”

Gelareh Zadeh, MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FAANS