Heritage Minute on the discovery of insulin

Historica Canada has released its newest Heritage Minute on the discovery of insulin. I was honoured to serve as one of the historical consultants on this segment, along with Chris Rutty and Grant Maltman. I appreciated the great effort made to accurately portray this complex story and to convey its essence in just 60 seconds of screen time. Congratulations to the whole team who brought this to life.


“Edmonton professor contributes to insulin discovery”

J. B. Collip, 1914-15 [Photo: University of Toronto Library, Insulin Digital Library]

I had the chance to speak with CBC One’s Adrienne Pan on Radio Active about the role J.B. Collip played in the discovery of insulin. We talked about why he has been called “insulin’s forgotten man” despite his key contribution to the work of the insulin team.

Collip was associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. In 1921, he visited the University of Toronto on sabbatical leave and was asked by the professor of physiology, J. J. R. Macleod, to help in purifying the pancreatic extracts that Frederick Banting and Charles Best had been investigating as a possible treatment for diabetes. The work of this team led to Canada’s first Nobel Prize in 1923 for the discovery of insulin.

CBC Radio Active with Adrienne Pan – “Edmonton professor contributes to insulin discovery”