Michael Rosbash, PhD receives 2012 Gairdner Prize

The Gairdner Foundation announced today that Dr. Michael Rosbash, the Peter and Patricia Gruber Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis University, Director of the Brandeis’ National Center for Behavioral Genomics, and Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging in 2010, is one of seven recipients of the prestigious 2012 Canada Gairdner Awards. Dr. Rosbash, together with Jeffrey Hall of Brandeis University and Michael Young of Rockefeller University, were honored with the Canada Gairdner International Award for their groundbreaking work to reveal the molecular mechanisms that regulate circadian rhythms. In work supported by the Ellison Medical Foundation, Rosbash is exploring the relationship between aging and changes in sleep patterns and circadian rhythms using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. The awards, which are presented annually, recognize scientists responsible for some of the world’s most significant medical discoveries. Two other scientists, Thomas Jessell of Columbia University and Jeffery Ravetch of Rockefeller University, also received the Canada Gairdner International Award. The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award is being presented to Dr. Brian Greenwood of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Lorne Babiuk of the University of Alberta is the recipient of the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. Each of the seven 2012 Gairdner Award recipients will receive a $100,000 cash prize, which will be presented in Toronto in October. The winners were announced Wednesday morning in Toronto.