Above: Image from Dr. Derek van der Kooy's slides

July 30, 1921 was an exciting day in science history: Banting and Best discovered that insulin really did lower blood sugar levels and could be used to treat diabetes! But how do we get insulin, and what other ways can we treat diabetes? Check out these top CurioCity resources to find out about insulin, diabetes, and stem cell treatments.

1) Making Human Proteins with Gross Green Stuff

Through a process called pharming, algae may provide a more efficient way of producing insulin and other proteins for pharmaceutical use.

2) Debate on Donor Islet Vs. ESC-derived Pancreatic Progenitors - Part 1 of 3 (an Introduction to Diabetes)

The introduction to Debate #1 from StemCellTalks Toronto 2015, with Dr. Derek van der Kooy (view part 2 and part 3).

3) What is Glucose For?

We have to travel back to the beginning of life on earth, just to explain why sugars taste so good.

4) Melanie Knott - Diabetes Prevention Worker

Melanie helps diabetes prevention through creating awareness & promoting healthy living.

5) Hormones and Obesity

An imbalance in levels of leptin and insulin can promote both gluttony (excessive eating and drinking) and sloth (laziness).

6) Cell Therapy Vs. Acellular Medical Devices for Managing Type 1 Diabetes - Part 1 of 3

Professor Michael Sefton introducing the debate by talking about the options for managing Type 1 Diabetes (view part 2 and part 3).

7) Danielle Cohen's Blog From StemCellTalks Vancouver 2015

Danielle is a high school student who attended a symposium on stem cell treatments for diabetes in Vancouver on May 15, 2015.

8) Linking Alzheimer's and Diabetes

Scientists have begun to find links between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The fact that both diseases are so common means there will be lots of opportunities for research.

9) Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is a field of medicine that aims to treat human disease by replacing damaged tissue with cells or tissues created from stem cells or engineered biological materials.

10) What are the Consequences of Lack of Sleep

As the lack of sleep accumulates, there are more and more potential adverse effects: scientific studies have shown that lack of sleep is associated with the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, depression, and so on.

Victoria Gluch


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