University of British Columbia medical professor Michael Hayden has won the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, a prestigious annual prize awarded to a Canadian who excels in health research. The Canada Research Chair in human genetics and molecular medicine won for his work on preventing the development of Huntington’s disease. Other Gairdner winners included health researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Hebrew University in Jerusalem who each won a Canada Gairdner International Award. A professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore won the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. Hayden is one of the most cited researchers in the world in Huntington’s research.