The Gairdner Foundation announced recently that Dr. Titia de Lange, PhD, Leon Hess Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics at Rockefeller University, and Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging in 1999, is one of six recipients of the prestigious 2014 Canada Gairdner International Awards. Dr. de Lange was honored with this award for her discovery of the mechanisms by which mammalian telomeres are protected from deleterious DNA repair and damage responses. In work supported by the Ellison Medical Foundation, de Lange studied the role of telomeres in human health and in aging.
The awards, which are presented annually, recognize scientists responsible for some of the world’s most significant medical discoveries. The Canada Gairdner Awards will be presented at a dinner in Toronto on October 30th, 2014 as part of the Gairdner National Program, a two week lecture series given by Canada Gairdner Award winners at 24 universities across Canada from St John's to Vancouver. Each of the six 2014 Gairdner Award recipients will receive a $100,000 cash prize, which will be presented in Toronto in October. For further information, see: http://www.gairdner.org/recipients/current