Banting House NHSC Wins the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and Heritage London Foundation’s Built Heritage Award!

Last night Banting House NHSC received the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (London Region) and the Heritage London Foundation's Built Heritage Award for 2015. It was presented for the major restoration work that has been completed over the last couple of years. The project included restoring the front porch and replacing the original slate roof in order to... Continue Reading →

Banting and the Nobel Prize

The 2014 Nobel Laureates received their awards earlier this week on December 10th. The awards are presented to individuals or teams that contribute to the betterment of the world through research in areas such as Physics, Chemistry, Economics, and Literature. Being named as a Laureate is a great honour and there are only a handful of people... Continue Reading →

Miss Idaho and the Faces of Diabetes

This week, my attention was caught by something very inspirational in the news! Courageous Beauty Pageant contestant (now winner of the Miss Idaho title), Sierra Sandison, wore her insulin pump on stage during the swimsuit contest. Her actions sparked a viral, very positive response on Twitter.People who suffer from diabetes and use a pump are... Continue Reading →

Understanding Dr. Banting’s Hypothesis: Part II

Introduction In our previous post we introduced Dr. Banting's 25-word hypothesis and looked at the gross anatomy of the digestive system, the microscopic structure of the pancreas (e.g. acini, islets of Langerhans, β-cells) as well as the role of insulin in blood glucose regulation. Insulin in the form of pancreatic extract was successfully administered to a... Continue Reading →

Dr. Banting’s Hypothesis: Part I

In today’s blog, we will begin to unravel the meaning behind Dr. Banting’s hypothesis by discussing the anatomy of the digestive system, microscopic structure of the pancreas and blood glucose regulation by the hormone insulin. During his 10-month stay here in London, Dr. Banting held a teaching position at the University of Western Ontario in... Continue Reading →

Dear Dr. Fred…

Prior to the discovery of insulin, diabetes came as a death sentence to anyone who was diagnosed with it. Little could be done to help the innumerable people world wide suffering from the disease. Patients were put on a starvation diet - less than 1000 calories per day - which potentially lengthened their life, but... Continue Reading →

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