Understanding the body and disease process Hormones

Hormones are produced by glands or special cells and are sent into the bloodstream to various tissues in our bodies as part of the endocrine system. Hormones influence almost every cell, organ and function in our bodies.

Researcher Researchers
  1. 1926

    Dr. James Collip succeeded in isolating the parathyroid hormone (PTH)

  2. 1928

    Passing over an invitation from the Mayo Clinic, Collip instead joined McGill University as the head of their new Department of Biochemistry

  3. 1930

  4. 1930s

    For 25 years, John Browne pursued a productive research agenda, which included the isolation of pregnanediol, a metabolic product of progesterone detectable in urine

  5. 1931

    Along with Dr. Duncan Graham, Dr. Ray Farquharson published a report on Simmonds’ disease with three case studies

  6. 1936

    Dr. Hans Seyle presented his concept of stress in the science journal, Nature

  7. 1938

    After comparing the similarities between Simmond’s disease and anorexia nervosa, Drs. Farquharson and Hyland classified anorexia nervosa as a mental disorder and not a disorder of the endocrine gland

  8. 1940

  9. 1941

    Dr. Charles Huggins made a seminal discovery

  10. 1950

  11. 1955

    Dr. Hans Selye published “Stress and Disease” in Science

  12. 1955

    Not ready to return to Canada, Dr. Claude Fortier joined the University of Balyor in Texas

  13. 1956

    Dr. Jacques Genest made his first contribution to the study of hypertension. In a paper published in 'Science", he described the role of aldosterone in hypertension

  14. 1959

    Dr. Huggins continued to explore the impacts of interrupted cell signalling

  15. 1960

  16. 1960

    Fortier returned to Canada and became Director of the endocrinology lab at the Université Laval

  17. 1960s

    Prolactin was discovered

  18. 1961

    Douglas Harold Copp discovered the hormone calcitonin

  19. 1965

    In the mid-1960s, Dr. Fortier was at the forefront of innovation as one of the first scientists to use computers as a tool in medical research

  20. 1966

    Dr. Charles Huggins was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology

  21. 1967

    Dr. Chrétien proposed what is now known as Prohormone Theory

  22. 1967

    Dr. Michel Chrétien established the first protein chemistry lab built around specialized infrastructure

  23. 1969

    Following his initial discovery of calcitonin, Dr. Douglas Copp was associated with isolating pure salmon calcitonin

  24. 1970

  25. 1972

    Dr. Jean Dussault developed a blood test for congenital hypothyroidism

  26. 1974

    Dr. Hans Seyle published "Endocrinology"

  27. 1974

    Dr. Mladen Vranic presented his discovery of extra-pancreatic glucagon at the Conference of Glucagon held at Santa Ynez ranch in California

  28. 1979

    The International Institute of Stress was founded

  29. 1980

  30. 1980's

    Dr. Genest and his team continued to study the role of sodium and water excretion by the kidney

  31. 1988

    Dr. Dussault purified thyroid receptor proteins

  32. 1990

  33. 1998

    Extending his influence beyond Quebec, Dr. Chrétien was named the scientific director of the Loeb Institute at the Ottawa Civil Hospital

  34. 2000

  35. 2010

  36. 2020

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