The Gairdner Foundation



MaRS Centre, 101 College St, Toronto,

ON, Canada, M5G1L7

Phone: (416) 596-9996

Member Sector: Associations

The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research that impacts human health. Annually, seven awards are given: five Canada Gairdner International Awards for biomedical research, one John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, specifically for impact on global health issues, and one Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, reserved for a Canadian.

395 awards have been bestowed on laureates from 35 countries and of those awardees, 95 have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.

The Gairdner Foundation also engages in outreach programs across Canada and acts as a convener with the public, policymakers and other stakeholders on the impact of science on our everyday lives.