Inspiring collaborator and determined leader
The uneasy story of the discovery of Insulin begins in 1920, when Dr. Frederick Banting took his research proposal on the pancreases and diabetes to Dr. Macleod’s laboratory. Dr. J.J.R. Macleod worked closely and, often times, in great conflict with Dr. Banting in the planning and execution of the research that led to the discovery. After extensive historical analysis and an investigation by the Nobel Prize Committee, it is clear that Dr. Banting’s research proposal would not have been successfully completed without Dr. Macleod’s contributions. As director of the work, he also played a critical role after the discovery in overseeing insulin production, clinical trials, licensing and ongoing research.