On the 60th anniversary of the Canada Gairdner Awards, the Gairdner Foundation announceed the 2019 Canada Gairdner Award laureates, recognizing some of the world’s most significant biomedical research and discoveries. Laureates receive a $100,000 cash honorarium and are formally presented with their awards on October 24, 2019 at the annual Canada Gairdner Awards Gala in Toronto.
The five 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award laureates are recognized for seminal discoveries or contributions to biomedical science are:
Dr. Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Rose C. Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research, Department of Molecular
Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
Awarded ‘‘For defining novel mechanisms of action and resistance of drugs of natural product
origin, most significantly Taxol®, and promoting their use for treatment of cancer’’
Dr. Timothy A. Springer, Ph.D.
Latham Family Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Professor of
Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; Chairman, Institute for Protein
Awarded “For discovery of the first immune system adhesion molecules, elucidation of their
roles in antigen recognition and leukocyte homing, and translation of these discoveries into
therapeutics for autoimmune diseases”
Dr. Bruce Stillman, Ph.D., FRS
President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Dr. John F.X. Diffley, Ph.D., FRS FMedSci
Associate Research Director, The Francis Crick Institute, London, U.K, Awarded ‘‘For their pioneering research on the eukaryotic DNA replication cycles including initiation, regulation and responses to DNA damage’’
2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
The 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award laureate is recognized for outstanding
achievements in global health research:
Dr. Vikram Patel, Ph.D., FMedSci
The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Honorary Professor of Global Mental Health, Centre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi; Co-founder, Sangath, India.
Awarded ‘‘For his world-leading research in global mental health, generating knowledge on the burden and determinants of mental health problems in low- and middle-income countries and pioneering approaches for the prevention and treatment of mental health in low-resource settings’’
2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award
The 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award laureate is a Canadian scientist recognized for outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science throughout their career:
Dr. Connie Jean Eaves, Ph.D.
Distinguished Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer; Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Awarded ‘‘For her pioneering work and leadership in the study of hematopoietic, mammary and cancer stem cells and her dedicated advocacy for early- career investigators and women in science’’