In 1920, Dr. Frederick Banting was working as a doctor in London, Ont., when he first thought of taking insulin from a pancreas to treat diabetes.
After experimenting for a few months with the help of his assistant, Charles Best and biochemist James Collip and support from Professor John J.R. Macleod of the University of Toronto, they were able to create pure insulin that could be used on humans.
The first successful test on a human patient with diabetes happened on January 23, 1922—it was a life-changing discovery.
The Canadian Diabetes Association
In the late 1940s, Charles Best formed the Diabetic Association of Ontario to help advocate for and serve the needs of the growing numbers of Canadians with diabetes.
After this, other provinces and territories formed their own diabetic associations. In 1953, they decided to amalgamate and become the Canadian Diabetes Association, which provided advocacy, education, research funding, and programs and services for those living with the disease.
Diabetes Canada: a new name and mandate
On February 13, 2017, The Canadian Diabetes Association changed its name to Diabetes Canada. This name change represents our renewed commitment to changing the conversation around diabetes, making the invisible disease more visible, and raising awareness about the diabetes epidemic.
Diabetes Canada is committed to partnering with Canadians to End Diabetes through:
- Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes
- Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces
- Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure
A world free of the effects of diabetes
To lead the fight against diabetes by:
- Preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes
- Helping those affected by diabetes to live healthy lives
- Working to find a cure
“Before the CDA’s [now Diabetes Canada] support, I struggled at convincing granting agencies that my ideas were worth pursuing. [Diabetes Canada] really saved my career as an independent investigator.”
Dr. Pere Santamaria, ResearcherWhat we fund
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Diabetes Canada is the nation's most trusted provider of diabetes education, research, resources, and services. We've helped millions of Canadians affected by diabetes understand it, manage it, and combat complications since 1953.
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24K support service calls answered
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