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Medical News & Perspectives
October 25, 2000

2000 Gairdner Foundation International Awards

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JAMA. 2000;284(16):2046-2047. doi:10.1001/jama.284.16.2046-JMN1025-3-1

Tomorrow, five fortunate investigators will meet in Toronto, Ontario, to receive this year's Gairdner Foundation International Awards for Achievement in Medical Science. At a dinner culminating a series of activities, including a formal presentation of lectures on their research at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, each will receive a citation, an honorarium, and Le Coeur, a work by sculptor Donald Liardi.

The Heart is particularly apposite for Jack Hirsch, MD, DSc, whose award is given "in recognition of his pioneering contributions to our understanding of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of thromboembolic disorders." Previously a winner of the Sol Sherry Award of the American Heart Association, among numerous other honors, Hirsch developed and then investigated diagnostic techniques related to thrombolysis. His work set the standard internationally for clinical use of the anticoagulants heparin and warfarin.