In 2018, Professor Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and University of Melbourne Laureate Professor Alan Lopez were jointly awarded the prestigious 2018 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for their pioneering work in establishing and developing the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study over three decades earlier. Subsequently, the GBD has greatly influenced debates about global health priorities and the development of health services and systems worldwide, and enabled the tracking of progress towards global and national health and development goals. Both have donated the shared proceeds of this award to their respective universities to establish the Murray-Lopez Award. The primary aim of the award is to support emerging global health researchers to carry out innovative research to improve the measurement and knowledge about burden of disease in populations.
It is expected that both the University of Melbourne and the University of Washington will each make one award annually, commencing in 2021. The UW winner will receive the value of $5,000 USD.
Nominations for 2021 should be received no later than March 29, 2021.