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Dr. Daniel Drucker named to the Order of Canada

July 7, 2015

From his lab on Murray Street, Dr. Daniel Drucker has helped change the lives of millions of diabetics across Canada and the world. In recognition of his transformative discoveries and contributions, Dr. Drucker was recently named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

A Senior Investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, part of Sinai Health System, and one of the Canada’s top researchers, Dr. Drucker conducts research that encompasses a full spectrum of science from discovery through to clinical care.

Dr. Drucker is internationally renowned for conducting the research that led to the development of two new classes of therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and a new therapy for patients with short bowel syndrome. His research has real potential to lead to new and better treatments for diseases that afflict millions of people around the world, including diabetes, obesity and inflammatory bowel disorders.

One discovery for example, led to the development of two new drugs for the treatment of diabetes. These drugs control blood glucose and insulin secretion without weight gain or hypoglycemia, common side effects of previous treatments for diabetes. His research has benefitted millions of patients worldwide.

“On behalf of everyone at Sinai Health System, I offer my congratulations to Dr. Drucker,” said Joseph Mapa, CEO of Sinai Health System.  “We are very proud of his accomplishments, and this recognition underscores the contribution that researchers at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute make both to science and patient care. Dr. Drucker has advanced our understanding of diabetes and his discoveries have improved the lives of thousands of diabetes patients.”

This recognition of Dr. Drucker’s national achievement is the latest in a long line of prestigious honours. Dr. Drucker was recently elected to the Royal Society, and is only the second individual worldwide to be recognized with all three major international diabetes awards, including the Manpei Suzuki International Prize, the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association, and the Claude Bernard Medal from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

To learn more about how Dr. Drucker is contributing to diabetes care, click here.