Top Awards for Michael Hayden

April 2011 | Spring 2011

In January this year, Dr Michael Hayden, Director and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI), and Professor in the Department of Medicine & Medical Genetics at UBC, was named to the Order of Canada for his research on “Huntington’s disease and other genetic disorders”.

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Hot on the heels of this award, came the announcement that Dr Hayden was to receive the 2011 Gairdner Wightman Award for Global Leadership for his research into Huntington’s disease. This award is given each year to a Canadian who has shown outstanding leadership in the field of medicine, for his significant contribution to understanding Huntington’s disease and the role genes play in numerous other diseases. Awards from the Gairdner Foundation are among the world’s most esteemed medical research prizes.

Dr Hayden also plays a leading role in an international effort to help communities living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. In addition, he has been part of a team of colleagues from around the world developing a youth-friendly recreation, counseling and learning centre in Masiphumelele, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

We offer our sincere congratulations to alumnus Michael Hayden on these two very prestigious awards.

On hearing the news, Max Price said, “We are extremely proud of Michael’s achievements and the recognition he will receive through these awards. We are also delighted that Michael continues his association with UCT through his work with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre.”

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