Stephen J. Elledge, PhD receives 2013 Gairdner Prize

The Gairdner Foundation announced recently that Dr. Stephen J. Elledge, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging in 1998, is one of six recipients of the prestigious 2013 Canada Gairdner Awards. Dr. Elledge was honored with the Canada Gairdner International Award for his elucidation of the DNA damage response as a signaling network that controls DNA repair and genomic stability. In work supported by the Ellison Medical Foundation, Elledge studied the connection between telomeres, DNA damage, and cancer.

The awards, which are presented annually, recognize scientists responsible for some of the world’s most significant medical discoveries. Three other scientists, Dr. Harvey J. Alter, NIH, Dr. Daniel W. Bradley, Centre for Disease Control (retired), and Sir Gregory Winter, University of Cambridge also received the Canada Gairdner International Award. The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award is being presented to Dr. King K. Holmes of the University of Washington, and James C. Hogg of the University of British Columbia is the recipient of the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. Each of the six 2013 Gairdner Award recipients will receive a $100,000 cash prize, which will be presented in Toronto in October. For further information, see: