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 →

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 30, 2021

The Special Little Place on the Edge of the Lake

Eight years ago, if you had glanced in my direction, maybe you wouldn’t have noticed anything weird. You’d have seen a ten-year-old girl, with baggy hand-me-downs from her brother, messy hair that desperately needed to be cut, and a big smile. But if you looked closer, maybe you’d see that the baggy clothes were hiding … 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 12, 2021

Defining Moments in Canadian History – 100 Years of Insulin

JDRF is working in collaboration with Defining Moments Canada for the second year of the Insulin100: Inspiration and Innovation commemorative project. JDRF will be sharing their history and mission, articles about their past and present research, as well as personal advocate stories – which will highlight the Kids for a Cure Program and the #AccessForAll … Continue reading →

March 4, 2021


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 →

March 2, 2021

Camp Connection

The 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin has inspired me to reflect on the significance of this Canadian discovery and the direct impact it has had on not only saving but shaping my life story. When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five, I could not have anticipated the instrumental … 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 →