T1International launched a year-long global insulin campaign this week. Physician and scientist Frederick Banting, physiology professor J.R.R. McLeod, medical student Charles Best and chemist James Collip were key figures in the discovery. May 17, 1921 experiments began at the University of Toronto. See a timeline and learn about it here. On July 27, to honor the day insulin was successfully isolated, T1International and the artist Miss Diabetes will release an animated video.
Insulin came into the world in a spirit of desperate focus and collaboration. Their goal was to figure out the mystery, and to get the results into the bodies of type 1 diabetics as soon as possible. The early story of insulin is a story of access. Today, the story of insulin is a story of profit. The nonprofit T1International advocates for communities around the world to ensure the availability of insulin and supplies.