October 15, 2012
As part of the 2012 Gairdner National Program, the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine is proud to present three distinguished Canada Gairdner Award winners: Lorne Babiuk, Howard Cedar, and Michael Young.
Lorne A. Babiuk, OC, SOM, DSc, PhD, FRSC
Vice-President (Research), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2012 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award
"For his extraordinary national and international leadership in vaccine development and research on human and veterinary infectious disease control."
Lorne A Babiuk received his PhD (1972) from the University of British Columbia. He joined the University of Alberta as Vice-President (Research) in 2007. Prior to moving to the University of Alberta, he spent 34 years at the University of Saskatchewan where he was responsible for building the successful research institution VIDO (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization). Under Lorne Babiuk’s leadership, VIDO became internationally recognized as a leader in novel vaccine development. While at VIDO, Babiuk completed its $19.4 million expansion (in 2005) and obtained funding for InterVac, its $140 million level-three biocontainment facility for work on infectious diseases (opened September, 2011).
In addition to being the Vice-President (Research) and former Director of VIDO, Lorne Babiuk has published over 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 100 essays and reviews, primarily in virology and immunology. His most recent focus has been on vaccine formulation and delivery. He is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Royal Society of Canada and the European Academy of Sciences as well as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Howard Cedar, MD, PhD
Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem
2011 Canada Gairdner International Award Recipient
"For his pioneering discoveries on DNA methylation and its role in gene expression."
Prof. Howard Cedar was born in New York in 1943. He received his BSc in Mathematics from M.I.T. and went on to do an MD and PhD in microbiology under the tutelage of Dr. James Schwartz at N.Y.U., graduating in 1970. He carried out postdoctoral research with Dr. Eric Kandel at N.Y.U. and then with Dr. Gary Felsenfeld at the N.I.H. in the framework of the Public Health Service. In 1973 he emigrated to Israel where he joined the faculty of the Hebrew University, becoming a full professor in 1981.
Prof. Cedar is the recipient of the Hestrin Award for Biochemistry (1979) and the Hebrew University Outstanding Investigator Award (1991). He was elected to EMBO in 1982, received the Israel Prize in 1999 and became a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences in 2003. He received the Wolf Prize in Medicine in 2008 and the Emet Prize in Life Sciences in 2009. Three of his students have independently won the prestigious GE-Science Prize for the best doctoral work in the world.
Michael W. Young, PhD
Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor, VP Academic Affairs, Head, Laboratory of Genetics, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
2012 Canada Gairdner International Award
"For his pioneering discoveries concerning the biological clock responsible for circadian rhythms"
Dr. Young received his PhD in genetics from the University of Texas (1975). He did postdoctoral work at Stanford before moving to Rockefeller. In 1991 he became head of the Rockefeller unit for the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Biological Timing. He was appointed Vice President Academic Affairs (2004) and was named Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor the same year.
His work at Rockefeller has focused on two areas: neuromuscular development – stemming from the laboratory's isolation and study of the Notch locus of Drosophila – and the genetics of behavior, particularly circadian rhythms (including initial cloning of the period gene of Drosophila, discovery and functional characterizations of the circadian clock genes timeless, double-time, shaggy, vrille, and pdp1, and modeling of principal molecular features of the Drosophila circadian system).
Dr. Young was an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1987-1996) and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Among Dr. Young's awards are the 2009 Neuroscience Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and the 2011 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University.
You can hear all three distinguished speakers at the 2011 Canada Gairdner Lectures on Tuesday, October 23rd at 2:30pm in the Libin Lecture Theatre at the Health Sciences Centre, 3330 Hospital Drive NW.