The Rockefeller University’s Michael W. Young and Jeffrey V. Ravetch were named winners of the Gairdner Foundation’s 2012 Canada Gairdner International Awards. Young, head of Rockefeller’s Laboratory of Genetics, and Ravetch, head of the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology, will receive $100,000 each.
“The work of these two scientists underscores the ability of basic research to benefit the field of medicine,” said Rockefeller University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne in a statement. “Jeff’s work with antibodies and immune system and Mike’s findings on the molecular mechanisms of circadian rhythms and functioning have increased our understanding of how the human body works. This recognition from the Gairdner Foundation is a well-deserved testament to their dedication to science and medicine.”
The two will receive their awards this fall in Toronto and will give talks as part of the Gairdner National Program, a month-long series of lectures by award winners at 21 universities.
“Our 2012 Canada Gairdner Awardees are a group of modern-day explorers who have dedicated their lives to using basic science to discover answers to puzzling medical challenges,” said John Dirks, the president and scientific director of Gairdner. “Because of their tenacity and their dedication, we have a whole new realm of potential medical solutions open to us. It is our hope the awards continue to inspire researchers to conquer unchartered medical territory.”