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Dr Salim Yusuf wins prestigious Gairdner award

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Hamilton's Dr. Salim Yusuf has added one more award to his already impressive collection.

Yusuf, known as Canada's most influential researcher, is to be honoured for his "exceptional leadership" and helping to save millions of lives around the globe.

The professor of medicine at McMaster University and vice-president of research at Hamilton Health Sciences was named a recipient of the 2014 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Wednesday. The award is given to Canadians who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science throughout their careers.

"Saving lives, that's the biggest recognition," said Yusuf. "That's bigger than any award."

His research and insights have led to improved treatment methods in more than 60 countries for acute heart attacks, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities and chronic heart disorders.

Yusuf said it's unusual for clinical and population research to be recognized with major awards, despite the direct impact such work has on human health.

He also pointed out that his work is aided by a team of hundreds, across the globe.

"I'm very pleased," he said. "It's one of the highest awards in the world.

"But it's also a team effort. We work in a team of about 250 people. A lot of people have been involved in this work for the last 30 years."

The Canada Gairdner Awards will be presented at a dinner in Toronto on Oct. 30.

Recipients of the awards, which were created in 1959, each receive $100,000. The Gairdners have been dubbed the "baby Nobels" because more than 80 recipients have gone on to win the world's most coveted scientific prize.

The Hamilton Spectator

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