A pioneering researcher and builder of Canadian medical institutions
One of the great minds of Canadian medicine, Dr. James Bertram Collip is regarded as a pioneer in endocrine research. As an astute biochemist, Dr. Collip had a long and distinguished career marked by numerous discoveries and breakthroughs in biochemistry and endocrinology. Famously, his skills in biochemistry were invaluable to Banting Best’s research; Collip was able to refine and purify insulin to a form which permitted clinical use. This contribution allowed insulin to be mass-produced, making it quickly available to the general public, saving millions of lives.