A collaboration now in its fourth year, the Gairdner Foundation and the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) have partnered with the Michael Smith Laboratories to visually communicate the research of some of the 2022 Canada Gairdner award winners. These awards aim to recognize excellent international research with important impacts on human health. Each year seven awards are given, and to date 402 awards have been bestowed on laureates from over 40 countries. 96 of those laureates have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.
In celebration of the 2022 laureates, the MSL, CSMB and Gairdner Foundation collaborated again with illustrator Armin Mortazavi, and UBC researchers and students to create a series of animated videos and visual materials explaining the work of these accomplished scientists.
Explore the links below to view these educational pieces. Some of the leading experts on mRNA vaccine technology that contributed greatly to human health during the global COVID-19 pandemic are featured in this year’s edition, such as Drs. Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman who discovered how to engineer mRNA, and UBC’s Dr. Pieter Cullis, “… a pioneer in lipid chemistry and the formation of lipid nanoparticles (LNP)”.
Viewers are encouraged to delve into this content and share it widely.
Many thanks to all the students and faculty who contributed to this amazing project: Braydon Black, Sean Vidal Edgerton, Heather Gerrie, Brenna Hay, Marie Johns, Alison McAfee, David Ng, Farah Qaiser, and Rhonda Thygesen.
Illustrations by Armin Mortazavi
- Canada Gairdner Awards 2022 Laureate Education Materials (Full package)
- Check out the full playlist of these animated videos right here