Banting: A stellar individual

This week, I’ve been researching Sir Frederick Banting’s trip to the moon… Okay, he didn’t actually go to the moon, but his name is on it (figuratively speaking, of course)! “Banting” is the name of a crater on the moon, and has been since 1973. Banting’s crater is a bowl-shaped, “simple” crater – the smallest […]

Behind the scenes: Commemorative Integrity

In my classes at Western this week, we have been learning about the concept of “commemorative integrity.” This concept was defined specifically by Parks Canada for National Historic Sites like Banting House. Because commemorative integrity  is so important to everything we do at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I wanted to share some […]

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 […]