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2022 Vancouver Gairdner National Symposium

October 24, 2022 @ 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm


The Vancouver Gairdner High School & National Symposium is held each fall to give students, teachers, and the academic community the opportunity to hear from two Gairdner award-winning scientists and learn about the BC Children’s Hospital’s research facilities.

Hosted by Drs. Michael Hayden & Bruce Verchere, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, this inspiring public lecture will feature:

Dr. Katalin Karikó, recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award 2022 “for their pioneering work developing nucleoside-modified mRNA and lipid nanoparticle (LNP) drug delivery: the foundational technologies for the highly effective COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.” Dr. Karikó is Senior Vice President RNA Protein Replacement Therapies, BioNTech SE; Professor, University of Szeged; Adjunct Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stuart Orkin, recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award 2022 “for the discovery of the molecular mechanism responsible for the switch from fetal to adult hemoglobin gene expression during human development and translating that knowledge into a novel treatment for the hemoglobin disorders – sickle cell disease and beta- thalassemia.” Dr. Orkin is David G. Nathan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Dana- Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Learn more and find details to join in-person or online:


October 24, 2022
2:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Hybrid Online/Virtual and In-Person – See Description
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Hybrid Online/Virtual and In-Person – See Description
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada + Google Map