For the first time since 1983 and only the second time in the 36- year history of the prestigious Gairdner Foundation International Awards, all recipients of this year's prizes are United States- based researchers. Traditionally, the awards have had a decidedly international flavor; over the years, winners have included scientists from 12 different nations, spanning four continents.

This year, the Willowdale, Ontario-based organization will honor five American researchers in the fields of gene targeting, clinical epidemiology, brain functioning, and cerebral scanning with $30,000 cash prizes. The awards will be presented in Toronto on October 22 by Rose Wolfe, chancellor of the University of Toronto. The ceremony, including brief lectures from the winners describing their research, is held at the University of Toronto each year.

Since its inception in 1957, the Gairdner Foundation has honored 230 scientists. Forty of these have subsequently won the Nobel Prize. The most recent Gairdner/Nobel winners...

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