Pearlman named to Gairdner Foundation advisory board

Ron Pearlman, University Professor of biology in York’s Faculty of Science & Engineering and interim dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, has been appointed to the medical advisory board of the Gairdner Foundation. Dr. John Dirks, president of the Gairdner Foundation, made the announcement Oct. 20.

Ronald PearlmanJoining Pearlman on the board are F. Ulrich Hartl, director of the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany; Dr. Patrick Sissons, newly appointed Regius Professor of Physic, Cambridge University; and Lap-Chee Tsui, vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong and recipient of the 1990 Gairdner International Award.

Right: Ron Pearlman

The Gairdner Foundation recognizes the world’s top medical research scientists via the Gairdner International Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in all of science, selected by an independent medical advisory board and a rigorous nomination process. The awards are given out each October in Toronto as part of a two-week national program that sees Gairdner winners past and present lecture at medical schools in over a dozen cities across Canada, including a two-day symposium in Toronto. The 2005 Gairdner award winner, Andrew Fire, professor of pathology & genetics, at the Stanford University School of Medicine, spoke at York yesterday.