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Gairdner Foundation Announces 2010 Award Recipients

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The Gairdner Foundation of Toronto has announced the seven recipients of their annual awards — each distributed with a $100,000 cash prize — aimed to "recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life," according to a statement by the foundation. The awards, established in 1959, "have a track record of identifying significant work early," the foundation says, and aim to "distinguish Canada as a leader in science." The 2010 Canada Gairdner Awards, to be presented in October, will honor:

• William Catterall, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
• Pierre Chambon, Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg, France
• William Kaelin, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston
• Peter Ratcliffe, University of Oxford
• Gregg Semenza, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
• Nicholas White, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Bangkok
• Calvin Stiller, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto

Chambon is being recognized for his "contributions to mapping out nuclear receptors and understanding the fundamental mechanics of DNA transcription — the first step in gene expression," according to the foundation.

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