What is Diabetes: A Museum with Meaning

In my first week as the new summer student at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I was surprised by how little I knew about diabetes. I had a general understanding of what it was and because it did not affect me personally, that was all I remembered. What little I know (thanks to […]

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 […]

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 […]