Hormones and history

Alison Li writes about hormones and the culture in which they were shaped. Her current project is the story of Dr. Harry Benjamin (1885-1986), the endocrinologist and sexologist best known for his pioneering work in transsexualism. Wondrous Transformations will be published by the University of North Carolina Press.


“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”