Andrew Schally; 1977 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Dr. Schally and fellow researcher Roger Guillemin successfully extracted hormones from the brains of pigs and sheep on a scale that allowed the researchers to examine the structures of the hypothalamic hormone. Dr. Schally is noted for isolating and producing three hormones that are produced in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for regulating the pituitary (hormone) glands. It was this breakthrough discovery that led to Schally and two others being awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1977. Dr. Schally’s discovery would eventually lead to other advancements in hormone therapy for birth control and cancer treatments, including an improved treatment for prostate cancer that has successfully treated his own prostate cancer.

Written and Researched by Joshua Mogyoros

Josh Mogyoros

Education Collaborator

I am a deeply curious human being. Although I do not think it is necessarily a healthy practice to see one’s job as a defining component of their identity, I identify as both a teacher and a student outside of the context of academia (and I am slowly beginning to identify as a writer). I have completed a Bachelor’s and Master of Science in physics at the University of Guelph; however, it was through completing the Master of Teaching program at OISE that I have come to appreciate the skills developed through my science education while simultaneously identifying the cognitive gaps that have formed by focusing my academic career on a singular way of knowing.

Storymap by Brent Crane

Brent Crane

StoryMaps Coordinator and Education Consultant

Brent Crane graduated from Nipissing University’s Concurrent Education Program with a BA Honours Specialization in Mathematics and a Minor in History in 2021. Brent’s passion for interdisciplinary education, particularly within his teachable subjects led him to work on educational resources for the Defining Moments Team. He hopes to create enthusiasm for Canadian history in learners across the nation.