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The University of Lethbridge is pleased to welcome Canada Gairdner International Award winner, Dr. Lewis E. Kay (Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto) to give a talk titled "NMR Why Bother? Studies of the p97 Molecular Machine Provide an Answer". Dr. Kay's visit has been organised by the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI) and the Canadian Centre for Research in Advanced Fluorine Technologies (C-CRAFT).
Dr. Kay was awarded the 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award for the development of modern NMR spectroscopy for studies of biomolecular structure dynamics and function, including applications to molecular machines and rare protein conformations.
The Canada Gairdner Awards were created in 1957 to recognize and reward the achievements of biomedical researchers whose work profoundly impacts human health, disease and suffering. Annually, seven awards are given: five Canada Gairdner International Awards for biomedical research, one John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for impact on global health issues and one Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, which is specifically reserved for a Canadian scientist showcasing scientific excellence and leadership.
The Awards are Canada’s only globally known and respected international science awards, and Gairdner is the only national organization that consistently brings the world’s best scientific minds to Canada to share their ideas and work with audiences across the country. In doing so, it enlarges networks and enhances Canada’s international reputation, while providing a realistic and unbiased benchmark for leading biomedical scientists.
With its active yearly National Program, it also aims to encourage and inspire a passion for discovery, innovation and scientific research in communities across the country. The National Program is the only program of its kind in the world of major scientific awards as it brings Gairdner laureates from around the globe to all 10 Canadian provinces, while reaching 15+ universities from Newfoundland to British Columbia and attracts nearly 6,000 people each year. Laureates speak with both faculty and fellow researchers through the National Program and local high school students through the Student Outreach Program.
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