Two Toronto scientists honoured for their work with breakthrough drug

Two Toronto scientists, Michael Spino and Fernando Tricta, will jointly receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Gala in New York City on June 8 for their work on a medication that clears excess iron from the bodies of patients with thalassemia, a red blood cell disorder.

Thalassemia is a genetic disease in which the body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells, so patients require blood transfusions every two to four weeks for their entire lives. A side...

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