University of Cape Town announces Dr. Michael Hayden’s honorary degree

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Michael Hayden on his recently awarded degree of Doctor of Science in Medicine (DSc(Med)) (honoris causa) by the University of Cape Town. Read more:

This award is in recognition of his contribution to biomedical research and inspirational leadership as a clinician-scientist, entrepreneur, and humanitarian.

Michael has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honours and awards. Some of these recognitions are: Ranked in 2023 as #860 Best Scientist in the World, #19 Best Scientist in Canada, #12 Leader in Medicine Nationally, and #3 Best Biology and Biochemistry Leader by 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Huntington Study Group. In 2022 he was awarded one of the 100 most inspiring people in Life Sciences by PharmaVOICE. The recipient of the 2020 Humanitarian Award by the American Friends of Soroka Medical Center. He has also been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame 2017. He was named one of PharmaVoice’s “100 of the Most Inspiring People” 2015; awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Gottingen 2014; awarded the Luminary award by the Personalized Medicine World Conference 2014; awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal, on behalf of HRH Queen Elisabeth II 2012, in recognition of his significant contributions and achievements; received the Margolese National Brain Disorder Prize 2011, awarded to Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain diseases; awarded the Killam Prize by the Canada Council of the Arts 2011, in recognition of his outstanding career achievements; and the Canada Gairdner Wightman award 2011, recognizing him as a physician-scientist who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science. Michael has also been awarded the Order of Canada 2011, and the Order of British Columbia 2010. He was named Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year by CIHR (NIH of Canada) in 2008, and he received the Prix Galien in 2007, which recognizes the outstanding contribution of a researcher to Canadian pharmaceutical research.

Michael is committed to empowering others. In addition to mentoring over 100 graduate students and postdocs, he is also a TED mentor. Michael has initiated and leads an international effort to bring benefit to a community living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. In collaboration with colleagues around the world, he spearheaded and built a youth-friendly recreation, counseling, and Learning Centre in direct partnership with the township of Masiphumelele in Cape Town.

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