Understanding the body and disease process Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease marked by persistently high levels of blood sugar caused by inadequate or ineffective insulin, a hormone produced by the Beta cells of the pancreas.


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  1. 1910

  2. 1920

  3. 1920

    Dr. John J.R. Macleod agreed to take Frederick Banting into his laboratory at the University of Toronto

  4. 1921

    Under the supervision of JRR MacLeod, Drs. Banting and Best began research

  5. 1921

    While on sabbatical, James Collip was invited by Dr. J.J.R. Macleod to work with Drs. Banting and Best

  6. 1922

    Drs. Banting, Best, Macleod and Collip announced the discovery of insulin to the world

  7. 1922

    The Insulin extract was further refined and purified with the expertise and skills of Dr. J.B. Collip, making it available for clinical trials on human subjects

  8. 1923

    Frederick Banting and J.R.R. Macleod became the first Canadians to win the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

  9. 1923

    In response to Banting’s popularity and successful research, the Ontario Legislature awarded The University of Toronto an annual grant to establish the "Banting and Best Research Fund"

  10. 1930

  11. 1940

  12. 1950

  13. 1960

  14. 1970

  15. 1978

    Dr. Mladen Vranic organized the first symposium on Exercise and Diabetes sponsored by the Kroc Foundation

  16. 1980

  17. 1981

    Charles Hollenberg became Director of the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre

  18. 1981

    David Jenkins and colleagues introduce concept of glycemic index (GI)

  19. 1990

  20. 2000

  21. 2010

  22. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.