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Banting House

Banting House

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Banting House

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The City of London
On the southeast corner of
Adelaide Street North and Queens Avenue

Coordinates: N 42 59.395 W 81 13.914


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Plaque Text

Here, in the early morning hours of October 31, 1920, Dr. Frederick Banting conceived an idea for research that led to the discovery of insulin. He believed that diabetes, then a fatal disease, could be treated by a substance extracted from a dog's atrophied pancreas. Banting was the pivotal member of the Toronto team that isolated and refined this extract, now known as insulin. In January 1922, insulin showed spectacular test results and became a lifesaving therapy worldwide. Banting House, known as the "Birthplace of Insulin", reminds us of the most important Canadian medical discovery of the 20th century.

Related Ontario plaques
Sir Frederick Banting 1891-1941
James Bertram Collip 1892-1965

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Sir Frederick Banting
The Discovery of Insulin
John James Rickard Macleod


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> Posted November 14, 2016
Today marks the 125th anniversary of Banting's birth in Alliston. To mark it, a Google doodle was made for worldwide distribution. There are three federal plaques to Banting--in Toronto, London and Alliston. -Wayne

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