The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes the world’s leading researchers who have used rational, scientifically based research to improve the wellbeing of those facing health inequalities worldwide. While a single significant scientific discovery would continue to be sufficient evidence to select a nominee, the Award will also recognize outstanding researchers who apply rational scientific approaches to successful implementation, evaluation and policy interventions.

Gairdner invites nominations from any field of research impacting global health and health inequity. The award is intended for research-focused candidates, not those primarily involved in administrative or advocacy roles. This award can be shared by multiple recipients at the discretion of the Foundation.

Quality nominations are essential to the evaluation process for this award. Packages should be accurate, current, and complete throughout the five year period of consideration. The nomination portal is open each year from mid-April- October 1 for edits, changes or additions by nominators

Key dates 

The 2022 recipients will be announced in April 2022, and presented in October of 2022. Nominations for the 2023 awards are due by 11:59 pm PDT on October 1, 2022.


Nomination guidelines PDF 

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Keiko McCreary
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Saturday, October 1, 2022
Internal Deadline: 
Saturday, September 24, 2022
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