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Gairdner Awards Announced

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The Gairdner Foundation announced recipients of the 2014 Canada Gairdner Awards. The international awards recognize individuals from various fields whose work has significantly impacted medical science. Each awardee receives a $100,000 CDN prize. The following 2014 Canada Gairdner Award announcement and additional information pertaining to the annual awards may be found online at

Canada Gairdner International Awards:

These awards are given to biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine resulting in increased understanding of human biology and disease.

James P. Allison, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

“For his discovery of immune checkpoint blockade and its successful application to immune therapy of cancer”

Titia de Lange, PhD, Leon Hess Professor, American Cancer Society Professor, Head, Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, Director, Anderson Center for Cancer Research, Rockefeller University, New York

“For her discovery of the mechanisms by which mammalian telomeres are protected from deleterious DNA repair and damage responses”

Harold Fisher Dvorak, MD, Mallinckrodt Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Napoleone Ferrara, MD, Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, Senior Deputy Director for Basic Sciences, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla

“For discovering Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), a key molecular mediator of new blood vessel formation and the development of effective anti-VEGF therapy for cancer and wet macular degeneration”

Professor Sir Marc Feldmann, FRS, FAA, Head, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford

Sir Ravinder Nath Maini, FRS, FMedSci, FRCP, Visiting Professor Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford, Oxford

“For the discovery of anti-TNF therapy for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases”

Canada Gairdner Global Health Award:

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