Media Advisory - "Largest and most important gathering of world's leading medical research scientists ever held in Canada."

    What:  Please mark the following events in your calendars.

    Canada Gairdner Awards 50th Anniversary throughout 2009.

    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ -

    -   21 Nobel Prize winners among 50+ Gairdner awardees coming to Toronto
        for wide-ranging program of public and academic lectures and
        seminars, October 28-30, 2009.

    -   Newly-named "Canada Gairdner Awardees" announced on Tuesday,
        March 31, 2009 in Toronto. Each recipient to receive $100,000, up
        from $30,000 in previous years.

    -   In addition to the National Program, which will be held in 14 centres
        across Canada, the largest and most important series of science
        symposia ever held in Canada will mark the Gairdners' 50th
        anniversary. Held in eight cities between March and November, each
        will feature the very best international and Canadian scientists in
        their field.

    Vancouver          Personal Medicine (March 11); Chair, Michael Hayden,

    York (Toronto)     Commercialization & Entrepreneurship in Health
                       Research (May 14); Chair, Ron Pearlman, York

    Calgary/Edmonton   Cancer Prevention Biology and Treatment (May 21-22);
                       Co-Chairs, Lorne Tyrrell and Cyril Kay, U of Alberta
                       and Cy Frank, University of Calgary

    Ottawa             The Brain & the Mind: Implications for Mental Health
                       (June 3); Chair, Dean Jacques Bradwjen, University of

    Sherbrooke         RNA Symposium (September 20-23); Chair, Benoit Chabot

    Halifax            Inherited Childhood Diseases in Atlantic Canada
                       (October 2) Chair, Jonathan Kronick (October 2)

    Toronto            The Roadmap from Discovery to Innovation
                       (October 28-30); Chair, John Dirks, Gairdner

    Montreal           Frontiers of Brain Research (Nov 2-3); in partnership
                       with Montreal Neurological Institute, Chair, Dave

    -   High School Lectures. The Gairdners will expand its lectures given by
        Gairdner awardees to top high school science students across the
        country. This coming year, the lectures will be presented in 14
        cities, including Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Hamilton, London,
        Kingston, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, St John's, Halifax
        and Montreal.

    Detailed information on the above events is available at: Separate news releases will be sent closer to all of the

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For further information: For interviews and information, please contact:
Bob Ramsay, (4l6) 598-3970, (416) 822-3452 or

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