Canadian Scientist Shows Class in Refusing to Accept Gairdner Award

March 22, 2013 at 4:40 am Leave a comment

There’s the Nobel Prize and then there’s the Gairdner Awards. For Canada, the Gairdner Award is on par with the Nobel Prize in terms of it’s prestige among the scientific community. In fact, many Gairdner Award winners have gone on to win the Nobel Prize later on in thier career. That is why one Canadian scientist’s recent refusal to accept the Gairdner Award has been so controversial and so…Canadian.

Dr. Michael Houghton, a virologist at the Univerity of Alberta, was recently awarded the prestigious Gairdner Award for his work in identifying and cloning the hepatitis C virus. The discovery has proven extremely important for the world of medicine as it has reduced the risk of acquiring HCV through blood transfusion from one in three to about one in two million. In classic Canadian style, Dr. Houghton politely declined to accept the award since two of his colleagues were not similarly recognized.

To me, this is a gesture that all Canadians should be proud of. Wouldn’t you agree?

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