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This page lists all of the initiatives reported to us in support of the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin. We invite you to add your initiative.

‘Cross-Canada Challenge’ for all Canadians

Salute the Insulin Discovery Team

A challenge to all Canadians to undertake a local initiative in support of the 100th Anniversary. All entries reported will be included here. 

International entries also welcome

Please share the details of your response to the Challenge

See the ‘Celebration’ page for suggested actions.

Summary Tables

[due to COVID-imposed restrictions regarding public assembly, dates and locations could change]

Click to reach Summary Table for each Group

  1. Anniversary Events [by scheduled date]
  2. Anniversary Educational Resources [videos, articles, exhibitions]
  3. Anniversary Commemorative Recognition [medallions, monuments, memorabilia, awards]
  4. Understanding Diabetes [risk reduction; resources for youth living with diabetes]

EVENTS [virtual or face-to-face]

Date Title Host or Producer
March 5 Three Pillars of the Insulin Story                                            [Virtual] Sanofi Canada
April 14 100 Years of Insulin – Impact on our Lives                          [Virtual] DAC & BBDC, U of T
April 15 -16 The 100th Anniversary Scientific Symposium                                                              [Virtual] Temerty Faculty of Medicine, U of T
May 29 and 30 Walk in the Footsteps of Banting                  [Face-to-face] SFBLF – Banting Homestead Heritage Park
May – Dec Insulin to Innovation      [Virtual] RCIS
June 2 – 3 Heterogeneity of Diabetes                                                     [Virtual] Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – INMD
Nov 1 Banting, Bliss, and Beyond:                                         [Face-to-face] Toronto Medical Historical Club, Toronto
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day                                                     [Virtual events] International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
Nov 14-20 Banting Week      [Face-to-face] SFBLF, Banting Homestead Heritage Park

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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES [virtual tours, videos, articles, exhibitions, lectures]

Date Title Host or Producer
Jan on-going Insulin100: Celebrating a Century of Health Innovation at the University of Toronto                 [comprehensive timeline]] University of Toronto
Jan on-going Virtual Tour of Banting’s Birthplace                  [virtual tour] SFBLF
Jan on-going Quizzes for the 100th Anniversary Celebration’    [quiz] SFBLF
Jan on-going Insulin 100: Inspiration and Innovation                      [website] Defining Moments Canada
Jan 29 on-going Insulin 100 – The Centenary of Insulin Discovery Kenneth NH Cheung, MD
Feb 1 Insulin at 100                  [ article] Canada History magazine
Spring Heritage Minute    [movie for TV] Historica Canada, Eli Lilly, Novo-Nordisk
Sep 1-Dec 31 The Discovery of Insulin at the University of Toronto  [exhibition] Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, U of T
Fall Focus on Insulin100, future forward                              [article] U of T Alumni Magazine
Fall 100 Lives of Insulin RCIS
Nov Boehm Lectures on Public Health and Healthcare [lectures] Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T

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COMMEMORATIVE RECOGNITION [medallions, monuments, memorabilia, awards]

Date Title Host or Producer
late April Monument Honouring the Insulin Discovery Team [unveiling] SFBLF
May 29 100th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion [public release] SFBLF
May 29 100th Anniversary Commemorative Brochure [public release] SFBLF
June 14 Legacy Education Awards [winners announced] SFBLF
November 14 50+ years on Insulin Awards [winners announced] SFBLF
TBD Discovery of Insulin Plaque [re-installation] Temerty Faculty of. Medicine, U of T; Parks Canada

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DIABETES [basics, risk assessment, support resources]

Resource Title
eLearning Understanding Diabetes (for youth and families)  free, self-paced, 3 modules
Questionnaire Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment for Youth (8 – 18)
Questionnaire Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment for Adults (Canrisk)
Questionnaire Food Security (for youth and their healthcare provider)
Software APPs Self-management support (IOS and Android)
eLearning Mental Health & Diabetes in Youth (for healthcare providers and teachers) free, self paced, 5 modules

 

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EVENTS – DETAILS

March 5, 2021

Three Pillars of the Insulin Story

  • Educational Event focusing on discovery, legacy and transformation
  • Virtual Tour of of an insulin manufacturing factory
  • Hosted by Sanofi Canada
  • Contact for details: Education Strategy Manager

April 14, 2021

100 Years of Insulin—Celebrating Its Impact on Our Lives

  • A virtual event 4:30 pm – 8:15 pm
  • Sponsored by Diabetes Action Canada and the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto

More information

Register Now


April 15-16, 2021

The 100th Anniversary of University of Toronto’s Discovery of Insulin: A Scientific Symposium Celebration

There will be two components to this virtual online meeting:

  • Pre-recorded lectures available starting January 2021
  • Live, moderated, speaker discussions, abstract & trainee award presentations on April 15 & 16

Register Now


May 29-30, 2021

“Walk in the Footsteps of Banting” at the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting

Hosted and developed by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation in collaboration with the Banting Research Foundation, the Charles H. Best Foundation, and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science.

Join one of five two-hour sessions running from Saturday, May 29 – Sunday, May 30, 2021. Each session contains two components:

  • A series of short, narrated videos with a mix of current and historic content, shown in the historic Octagonal Drive Shed
  • A guided tour of the historic Banting family farmhouse, including over 20 exhibits within its walls, with the opportunity to see more exhibits by walking the Banting Legacy Trail

More information contact SFBLF Program Director

Register Now


May 2021

‘Insulin to Innovation’

  • An online, cross-Canada showcase hosted by the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, with a supporting series exploring the impact of the discovery of insulin on Canadian medical research and society.
  • Further details coming soon on the RCIScience website.
  • Developed by the Royal Canadian Institute for Science in collaboration with the Banting Research Foundation, the Charles H. Best Foundation and the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation .

More information contact RCIS Executive Director


June 2-3, 2021

‘Heterogeneity of Diabetes: Beta Cells, Phenotypes & Precision Medicine Symposium’

  • International workshop focused on the cutting edge of diabetes research, how to facilitate interactions and collaborations
  • A joint initiative of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD),  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestion and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH
  • Hosted by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD)

More information contact CIHR-INMD Asst Director


November 1, 2021

‘Banting, Bliss, and Beyond: Insulin 100, A Century of Science and Care’

Sponsored by the Toronto Medical Historical Club

During this full day event we will celebrate the key contributions of Toronto researchers to the discovery of insulin, recognize the breakthroughs in science and care subsequent to the discovery, describe perspectives on the culture and genetics of diabetes, and pay tribute to the late Professor Michael Bliss.

This event will be of interest to health care professionals, researchers, medical historians and trainees.

Location: University of Toronto campus TBD. Event may be held virtually.

More Event Details   

Program and speaker biographies

More Information contact Committee Chair


November 14, 2021

‘World Diabetes Day’

Sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation with hundreds of
celebration events globally


November 14 -20, 2021

‘Banting Week’

This Annual celebration at the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation DMEC, Banting Homestead Heritage Park, will emphasize the Discovery and feature a community breakfast in collaboration with Alliston Lions along with other events currently being developed. Watch the ‘What’s New’ updates on the SFBLF website for details


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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – DETAILS

January 2021 on-going

‘Insulin100: Celebrating a Century of Health Innovation at the University of Toronto’

This is an illustrated timeline of the Discovery of Insulin followed by a comprehensive  timeline of medical innovations at the University of Toronto from 1922 to 2015 and an exposition of the ‘Next 100 Years’

Enjoy the experience


January 8, 2021 – on-going

‘Virtual Tour of Banting’s Birthplace’

A 3D, 360 degree self-directed Virtual Tour of the property, buildings and exhibits at the Banting Homestead Heritage Park. Includes Learning objectives and post-tour projects and 3 self-scoring quizzes; one general and one each for Elementary and High Schools

Developed by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation

Take the Tour


January 11, 2021 – on-going

‘Quizzes for the 100th Anniversary Celebration’

    • Three challenging, fun, self-scoring Quizzes: 100th Anniversary; Discovery; Diabetes Each is self-scoring; provides correct answers for any incorrect response; and a ‘Certificate of Completion’. Each supports ‘pause and resume’
    • Developed by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation

Test your knowledge!

 


January 2021 – on-going

Insulin 100: Inspiration and Innovation

One video plus extensive historical notes on the discovery and Banting

Includes suggested projects for students

Developed by Defining Moments Canada


January 29, 2021 – on-going

Insulin 100 – The Centenary of Insulin Discovery

An entertaining, animated video developed by Kenneth N. H. Cheung, MD

Watch the video


February 1, 2021

‘Insulin at 100’

A special article developed by Defining Moments Canada.

Cover story for Canada History magazine Feb – Mar 2021


Spring 2021

‘Heritage Minute’

  • A 60 second short film on the discovery of insulin
  • A joint project with Historica Canada, Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly
  • To air on Canadian television

More Information contact Novo Nordisk, Director, External Affairs


September 1 – December 31, 2021

‘The Discovery of Insulin at the University of Toronto’

An exhibition by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and a complement to the existing The Discovery and Early Development of Insulin Digital Collection.

More information contact


Fall 2021

‘Focus on Insulin100, future forward’

University of Toronto Alumni Magazine

More information contact


Fall 2021

‘100 Voices and Lives of Insulin

Development of a video and a companion book profiling

individuals whose lives were affected by the Discovery of Insulin;
people living with diabetes as well as key historical figures.

Developed by the Royal Canadian Institute for Science in collaboration with
the Banting Research Foundation, Charle h. Best Foundation, Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation

More information contact RCIS Executive Director


November 2021

‘Boehm Lectures on Public Health and Healthcare’

Hosted by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

More information contact


 

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COMMEMORATIVE RECOGNITION – DETAILS

April 2021

‘Monument Honouring the Insulin Discovery Team’

A permanent monument saluting Banting, Best, Collip, Macleod will be installed in the Legacy Garden at the Banting Homestead Heritage Park. Unveiling date to be announced.

Commissioned by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation

More information contact SFBLF Program Director


May 29, 2021

‘100th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion’

This limited edition Commemorative Medallion will be provided to all attendees at the May 29-30 WIFB Event and will be available subsequently to order online. Medallion honours the 4 Discovery Team members.

More information contact SFBLF Program Director

Designed by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation


May 29, 2021

‘100th Anniversary Commemorative Brochure’

This Commemorative Brochure will be provided to all attendees at the May 29-30 WIFB Event and will be available subsequently to order online. Brochure includes a focus on the discovery, the team, the subsequent impact on Canadian medical research and diabetes advocacy worldwide; the evolution of insulin; the continuing rise of youth-onset diabetes and related challenges; the Homestead Rescue

More information contact SFBLF Program Director

Designed by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation


June 14, 2021

‘Legacy Education Awards’

The Banting Legacy Education Awards are offered In support of Grade 12 students living with T1 or T2 diabetes. Applications can be obtained directly by a qualifying student only at scholar@bantinglegacy.ca. the 2021 – 2022 competition is dedicated to celebrating the Discovery of Insulin. Winners will be announced on June 14, 2021

For more information


November 14, 2021

’50+ years on Insulin Award’

The SFBLF 50+ Years on Insulin Award is provided to recognize the personal courage of adults who have lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for 50 years or more. Nominations from healthcare professionals or a nomination from others attested by a healthcare provider are invited. Selected recipients will be announced on November 14, 2021, Banting’s birthday and World Diabetes Day. Plaques will include recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin.

Request a Nomination Form


TBD 2021

‘Discovery of Insulin Plaque’

  • Frederick Banting plaque unveiling and reinstallation
  • University of Toronto, St. George Campus
  • Parks Canada and Temerty Faculty of Medicine

More information contact


 

Please tell us about your event in support of the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin. Send details to 100celebrations@bantinglegacy.ca and we will add a description to this ‘100 for 100’ Celebrations page.

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