Harnessing the Power of Steroids
Steroids like hydrocortisone and testosterone play an important role in the maturation of organs during fetal development, as well as in our ability to reproduce and age in good health.
As well, steroids have revolutionized birth control, are used as front-line therapies to control infection and inflammation, and provide effective anti-cancer therapies.
However, there are often abnormalities in how steroids bind to proteins in the blood. These abnormalities are associated with a number of serious conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory disease.
That’s why Dr. Geoffrey Hammond, Canada Research Chair in Reproductive Health, is researching how steroids reach their targets and how abnormalities in steroid-binding proteins affect this.
His research will lead to better understanding of how steroid-binding proteins work and could lead to better treatment for a number of diseases.