About Our Winners

Our laureates’ research spans various fields and countries and impacts patient lives around the world. Their findings are the backbone of many medical and pharmaceutical advances that are saving lives and improving global health. Their breakthrough discoveries and innovations have led to immunotherapy treatment for cancer patients, anti-TNF therapy for rheumatoid arthritis patients allowing a better quality of life, and millions of lives saved from river blindness thanks to the discovery of the microorganism Ivermectin. Along with these discoveries the Gairdner Awards have recognized the discovery of CT scans, MRI imaging and PET scanning, eradication of smallpox, Herceptin – an effective breast cancer treatment, and many more.  

More than 320 individuals have won the Canada Gairdner Award and their research continues to impact the lives of patients worldwide.