Canada Post has unveiled a commemorative stamp celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by Frederick Banting, Charles Best, James Collip and John Macleod at the University of Toronto. The ground-breaking discovery of insulin put Canada, Canadian researchers, and the University of Toronto’s medical school on the world stage. The stamp goes on sale April 15, available at select post offices and online at canadapost.ca
The Toronto Medical Historical Club (TMHC) will mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin with a historical symposium, Banting, Bliss, and Beyond: A Century of Science and Care to be held in Toronto on November 1, 2021.
A presentation by Cyril Gryfe
Club member Cyril Gryfe has prepared a presentation on history of diabetes mellitus and insulin, illustrated with postage stamps from around the world.
The Toronto Medical Historical Club and the Department of Molecular Genetics of the University of Toronto paid tribute to Dr. Louis Siminovitch in honour of his 100th birthday. Colleagues, friends, and family shared fond memories and spoke to the highlights of his illustrious career in genetics.
On May 19, 2021, Alison Li will be speaking at a symposium (via Zoom) to be held by the McGill University Division of Endocrinology to commemorate the discovery of insulin. She will be focussing on the role of J.B. Collip in the coming of insulin and his contribution to the flourishing of endocrine research at McGill during the 1930s and 40s.
On June 16, 2021, she will also participate in 100 Years of Insulin, a half-day seminar held by the Alberta Diabetes Institute to celebrate the anniversary. The talk will highlight the connection of Collip’s experiences at the University of Alberta to his contributions to the insulin research. This half-day seminar will include talks by several speakers including Ray Rajotte and James Shapiro of the team that developed the “Edmonton Protocol” for islet transplantation.
Her article “Success Has Many Parents: J. B. Collip’s Role in the Discovery of Insulin” appears on the Defining Moments Canada website.
Christopher Rutty has written an entry for the The Canadian Encyclopedia on the biochemist and microbiologist, Leone Norwood Farrell. Farrell was a pioneer in vaccine development. Her “Toronto Method” made possible the large-scale production of the Salk Vaccine for polio
Toronto Making Medical History
A symposium celebrating the 500th meeting of the Toronto Medical Historical Club was held to examine the rich history of medicine in Toronto from a variety of fascinating perspectives. The symposium took place on January 24, 2018 at Massey College.
The Friends of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) have created a video in tribute to Michael Bliss, a long-time member of the Toronto Medical Historical Club. It is part of the FCIHR Video History of Medicine in Canada Project which features interviews showcasing Canada’s leaders in biomedicine.