Dr. Harold zur Hausen wins the Nobel Prize for medical research

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - It was announced this morning that Dr. Harold zur
Hausen of Germany has won the Nobel prize in medicine for his discoveries that
led to the creation of a vaccine against cervical cancer.
    In April of this year, Dr. zur Hausen was chosen as one of six awardees
of the Gairdner International awards for medical research. The Gairdner
awards, founded 49 years ago by the late Toronto businessman James Gairdner,
have grown to be one of the most prestigious awards in all of science; some 72
Gairdner awardees have gone on to win the Nobel prize.
    Dr. zur Hausen will be in Toronto the week of October 20th to participate
in a number of Gairdner events, including; 1. The 8th annual Gairdner Public
Lecture, which he will give in Toronto on Tuesday October 21st at 7:30 pm at
the MaRS centre; 2. a Vaccine Symposium at Hart House at the University of
Toronto campus on Wednesday Oct 22nd; 3. The Minds that Matter symposium at
the University of Toronto on Thursday, October 23rd ; 4. The Gairdner Gala
banquet at the Royal Ontario Museum on Thursday Oct 23rd.
    Details of these events can be found at www.gairdner.org

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