100 Years of Insulin - ADI Half-Day Event


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and to recognize the major contributions in Type 1 diabetes research made right here at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Diabetes Institute hosted a half-day celebration symposium with some very special guest speakers on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Watch the video, listen to the story of University of Alberta alumni James Collip, learn about the Canadian diabetes research landscape, and hear from world-leading researchers about the amazing achievements made in our own backyard.


Webinar "ADI 100 Years of Insulin Celebration" 


8:55–8:59 am

Peter Light, PhD

  • Director, Alberta Diabetes Institute
  • Professor of Pharmacology
  • University of Alberta

Welcome and Introductions

9:00–9:44 am

Alison Li, PhD

  • Writer / Historian
  • Toronto, Ontario
Extracts and Enterprise: J. B. Collip, Insulin's Forgotten Man
9:45–10:29 am

Krista Lamb, BJourn

  • Writer / Communications Director / Podcast Host
  • Toronto, Ontario
Beyond Banting: From Insulin to Islet Transplants, Canada's Ongoing Contribution to Diabetes Research

10:30-11:14 am

Raymond V.  Rajotte, PhD

  • Founding Director, Islet Transplantation Group
  • Professor Emeritus of Surgery
  •  University of Alberta
From Bench to Bedside, the Road to the Edmonton Protocol.
11:15–11:24 am BREAK BREAK
11:25 am – 12:09 pm

Tim Kieffer, PhD

  • Professor 
  • Life Sciences Institute Diabetes Research Group
  • The University of British Columbia
The Edmonton Protocol Points to Stem Cells for Diabetes
12:10–12:54 pm A.M. James Shapiro, MD, PhD
  • Professor of Surgery
  • AHS Director Clinical Islet and Living Donor Liver Transplant Programs
  • University of Alberta
Cell Transplantation from the Beginning to the End of Insulin
12:55–1:00 pm General Discussion with Speakers and Closing Remarks