Talks

BBC World Service – The Forum
“Insulin: the discovery that transformed diabetic care” – Broadcast May 29, 2022

Charles Best [Photo: Universal History Archive/Getty Images]

I join Bridget Kendall, Dr. Viktor Joergens, and Dr. Kersten Hall for a round table discussion of the discovery and development of insulin.


“Banting, Best and Beyond” Symposium, Toronto
“Where credit is due: Collip’s contribution” – May 3, 2022

My talk was part of a day-long symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.


Toronto Medical Historical Club – March 25, 2022
“Remembering Insulin, et al” with Patrick M. Walsh


Defining Moments Canada & Life and Times of Sir Frederick Banting Podcast
100 Years of Insulin, Special episode – November 14, 2021

Frederick Banting at his desk
F. G. Banting writing at his desk ca. 1926 [UT Insulin]

Jim and Bob Banting created this special episode of their podcast, “Life and Times of Sir Frederick Banting” in partnership with Defining Moments Canada. I joined Dr. Christopher Rutty, Grant Maltman, the curator of the Banting House National Historic Site, and Defining Moments Canada Director Jennifer Terry to discuss the legacy of the insulin discovery.


James Bertram Collip Memorial, Belleville, Ontario
Unveiling of monument at Dr. Collip Courtyard and Reflection Garden – October 16, 2021

Honouring Belleville’s Co-discoverer of insulin Dr. James Bertram Collip

I delivered the keynote address at the unveiling of a monument and reflection garden in honour of James Bertram Collip. (My talk is at 37:11 – 57:20.)


Chemical Institute of Canada, IUPAC
Symposium: Celebrating 100 years of insulin – August 16, 2021
“Blood, guts, and glucose analysis: measuring blood-sugar in the insulin discovery”


Alberta Diabetes Institute, Edmonton
Celebrating 100 Years of Insulin – June 16, 2021

ADI 100 Years of Insulin Celebration

My talk “Extracts and Enterprise: J. B. Collip, insulin’s forgotten man” (2:00 – 46:00) was part of a half-day seminar that brought together science and story-telling to celebrate the discovery of insulin.


McGill University Health Centre and McGill University Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Symposium – May 19, 2021
“Extracts and Enterprise: JB Collip and the discovery of insulin”


CBC Edmonton, Radio Active – January 14, 2021
“Canadian professor gaining recognition for role in discovering insulin 100 years ago”

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

I spoke with Madeline Cummoings at CBC about J.B. Collip’s key role in the discovery of insulin.


Department of History Colloquium, Brock University – January 25, 2019
“Glandular enthusiasms and the birth of the transgender revolution: Dr. Harry Benjamin (1885-1986)


Toronto Medical Historical Club – March 23, 2018
“Wondrous transformations: Harry Benjamin and The Transsexual Phenomenon