2018 Canada Gairdner Awards recognize world-renowned scientists

TORONTO, ON (March 27, 2018) – The Gairdner Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Canada Gairdner Award laureates, recognizing some of the world’s most significant research and biomedical discoveries. Laureates receive a $100,000 cash honorarium and are formally presented with their awards on October 25, 2018 at the annual Canada Gairdner Awards Gala in Toronto.

2018 Canada Gairdner International Award

The 2018 Canada Gairdner International Award laureates are recognized for seminal discoveries or contributions to biomedical science:

Davor Solter, MD, PhD
Emeritus Member and Director, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics; Visiting International Professor, Siriraj Center for Excellence in Stem Cell Research, Mahidol University;
Visiting Professor, University of Zagreb Medical School

Professor Azim Surani, PhD, FMedSci, FRS
Director of Germline and Epigenetics Research, Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; Marshall-Walton Professor, University of Cambridge

Awarded “for their discovery of mammalian genomic imprinting that causes parent-of-origin specific gene expression and its consequences for development and disease”

The Work: Together, the work of Dr. Solter and Dr. Surani contributed to the understanding of the developmental consequences and molecular mechanisms of genomic imprinting. In 1984, they released parallel studies that demonstrated the concept of genomic imprinting. All cells in the animal contain two copies of every autosomal gene, one


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