The history of canada's innovation in the medical field
Canada has very good reason to be proud of our medical breakthroughs, considering that these discoveries are responsible for saving millions of lives around the world, and improving many people’s quality of life. This list is but a snapshot of what Canadians have accomplished thus far.
Despite our relatively small population, Canadian researchers have made incredible discoveries that have impacted the lives of people all over the globe. Many Canadian researchers cite our culture of collaboration, our perseverance, and generosity as reasons for our success.
1923: Insulin, Treatments and a Potential Cure for Diabetes
In 1920, Frederick Banting was able to produce and purify insulin for testing on patients, while working at the University of Toronto.
1930: Development of Pablum
In 1930, three doctors from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto developed Pablum as a way to prevent and treat rickets in children.
1936: Stress Research
In 1936, Hans Selye published his first of 1,600 scientific papers on stress response. He is known as the father of the field of stress research.
1951: Development of the Cobalt Bomb
Canada ushered in the age of modern nuclear medicine. It has remained a leader in biophysics research and medical isotope supply ever since.
1984: Discovery of the T-Cell Receptor
Understanding T-cells has helped in developing new drugs for fighting infection, autoimmune disorders, cancer and post-transplant rejection.
2006: Safer Stem Cells
Researcher Andras Nagy found a way to safely generate stem cells from adult human skin cells, creating the possibility of using a patient’s own cells to reverse damage caused by disease, injury, aging or genetics.