Dr. Michael Hayden, a Killam professor in the department of medical genetics and researcher at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, is this year’s recipient of the David Dubinsky Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Hayden is recognized for pioneering discoveries in research on neurodegeneration and the translation of these into diagnostics and new therapeutic development. His work includes developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and Huntington’s disease. In addition, Dr. Hayden is also recognized for using the arts to educate and communicate with the public about complex scientific breakthroughs.
The award is presented by the American Friends of Soroka Medical Center (AFSMC), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting research at the Soroka Medical Center in Israel. The award is a tribute to David Dubinsky, the American founding father of the Soroka Medical Center who was known for his commitment to philanthropy.
Dr. Hayden was recognized at the Desert in Bloom virtual gala on October 18, 2020.