Canadian scientist Drucker honoured with worldwide award for diabetes analysis

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TORONTO – A Canadian scientist received an international award for his help in revolutionizing the treatment of type 2 diabetes, obesity and bowel disorders. Professor Dr.

TORONTO – A Canadian scientist received an international award for his help in revolutionizing the treatment of type 2 diabetes, obesity and bowel disorders.

The University of Toronto Professor Dr. Daniel Drucker, also a senior scientist at Sinai Health, was named the winner of the Canada Gairdner International Award 2021 on Wednesday together with colleagues Joel habener from Harvard and Jens Holst from the University of Copenhagen.

The trio have been recognized over the past four decades for their independent and collaborative research on glucagon-like peptides – hormones in the gut that help control blood sugar.

Their research eventually led to several new classes of drugs that have been used to treat more than 100 million people worldwide.

The Gairdner Foundation recognizes important medical research around the world each year. It has given 395 awards to scientists from 35 countries.

About a quarter of these winners went to Received Nobel Prizes.

This Canadian press report was first published on April 7, 2021.

The Canadian press