Insulin was discovered in 1921 by Frederick Banting and Charles Best, in John MacLeod’s lab at the University of Toronto. Both, achieved an extract of pancreas that, on having been administered to dogs subjected to experimental diabetes, was reducing or blunting the presence of glucose in urine. Briefly, with this finding they had discovered insulin, and Banting and MacLeod were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1923.
These pancreatic extract administration experiments were conducted in about 10 experimental diabetic dogs. In one of them, named Marjorie, the pancreatic extract held him alive for about 70 days, approximately.
With the purpose of thanking and paying tribute to Marjorie and to all the other dogs that with their sacrifice helped the discovery of insulin, we decided to call the foundation as:
MARJORIE FOUNDATION FOR DIABETES RESEARCH
About us The "Foundation Marjorie for Diabetes Research" (resolution I.G.J. No. 0001915) was founded in 2018 by a group of researchers, health professionals, and citizens committed to the finding of solutions for diabetic patients.