June 29, 2020

CALL FOR STORIES: Canadian individuals, communities, or institutions impacted by diabetes and/or the discovery of insulin

Defining Moments Canada (DMC) is marking the centennial of a catalyst moment in history – the discovery of insulin – through a virtual exhibition and adjacent educational resources and outreach. The story of insulin is the story of a uniquely Canadian and collaborative medical innovation with global consequences. Insulin changed the lives of Canadians, and had multifaceted impacts reaching beyond science and medicine into the social, economic, cultural, and political sectors. Continue reading →


May 4, 2021

Announcing Herzberg50 and NobelCanadian

Download PDF Press Release TORONTO, May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada, a heritage education organization, announced today its partnership with the Government of Canada (through Canadian Heritage and the National Research Council of Canada NRC), the University of Saskatchewan, and Esri Canada to lead a national commemorative project this year honouring the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize in … Continue reading →


April 13, 2021

Success Has Many Parents: J.B. Collip’s Role in the Discovery of Insulin

If there is one moment when the Toronto researchers can be said to have discovered insulin, it would be late on the night of January 19, 1922, when biochemist J.B. Collip watched a relatively pure white substance precipitate out of solution. As a colleague put it years later: “Collip then actually saw insulin.”[1] The goal … Continue reading →


March 18, 2021

Historical Impact: How the Past Can Shape Us

There are moments in your life when history finds you; you do not find it. This was especially true for me at a young age. In fact, without history, I may not be here today. In the summer of 1988, I was a mere seven-year-old boy. By that point in my life, I had been … Continue reading →


March 4, 2021

“I TAKE MY INSULIN, AND THEN…” – INDIVIDUAL CANADIAN LEGACIES OF INSULIN

As part of the Insulin100 commemorative initiative, Defining Moments Canada is sharing the stories of Canadians who are the living embodiments of the legacy of insulin through their individual patient narratives, experiences at summer camp, and diabetes community stories. Download PDF Press Release TORONTO, Mar. 4 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada … Continue reading →


February 25, 2021

Animals in the Lab

“On that same day, Dog #410 was the first to receive an injection of the pancreatic extract. After being given four cubic centimetres (cc) of the extract, the diabetic dog’s blood sugar percentage level fell from .20 to .12 within an hour. Based on tests of thirty non-diabetic dogs Banting and Best worked with, the … Continue reading →


February 25, 2021

What is diabetes?

Epidemiology is a branch of medicine that focuses on how diseases affect the health of populations. Clinical epidemiologists are not only interested in what causes disease, but also what can we do to cure or slow its progression. Treatment can take the form of procedures, drugs, surgeries, psychotherapy, or other interventions. Ideally, clinical epidemiologists look … Continue reading →


February 19, 2021

Defining Moments Canada: Insulin100 – Manufacturing Hope

READ IT HERE: ‘Manufacturing Hope’ written by John Lorinc – the cover story from Canada’s History Magazine (February/March 2021) is available courtesy of Defining Moments Canada Download PDF Press Release Join Defining Moments Canada to explore a century of insulin’s far-reaching legacy and the impact the discovery continues to have on Canadians today. TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) … Continue reading →


February 4, 2021

Insulin and the Unessay

My greatest insecurity as I prepared to teach during Fall 2020 was how to create a sense of community in the virtual classroom for a course that had never before been delivered online. Continue reading →


December 8, 2020

The centenary of the discovery of insulin

Written by Louis Lebel In 2021, Defining Moments Canada marks the centenary of the discovery of insulin. It was in 1921 that Dr. Frederick Banting and his team performed the experiments that led to the creation and development of what has, over the past 100 years, enabled millions of people with diabetes to survive their … Continue reading →


December 1, 2020

Video: Patient Perspectives on the Impact of Insulin

Defining Moments Canada was graciously invited to participate in a special symposium for the centennial of the discovery of insulin hosted by the University of Toronto and the Royal Society of Canada. The brief conversation, moderated by Dr. Madeleine Mant and featuring Dr. Chris Rutty, Dr. Paul Hackett, and Dr. Krista Paquin, focused on a … Continue reading →