MEDTalks: Unlocking diabetes 100 years after insulin

Chronic illness affects many Canadians, including eleven million Canadians who are living with diabetes or prediabetes. With the discovery of insulin 100 years ago, this new medication has saved lives. Now that we have reached this significant milestone, what is next? How have 100 years of insulin changed diabetes research? What is the potential for future generations and their health?

Listen in as professors from four UBC faculties speak to the relationship between diabetes and oral health, new technologies, heart health, patient treatments, how a sense of purpose affects disease, and how they are working to end this chronic illness.

Presented in partnership with UBC Faculty of Medicine, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC Faculty of Arts and UBC Faculty of Dentistry.

Did you graduate from UBC?


Adrienne Skinner – Director of Development at UBC’s Okanagan campus

Featured speakers

Dr. Brian Rodrigues – Professor, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Bruce Verchere BSc’83, MSc’87, PhD’91 – UBC Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Surgery & Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute; Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics; Irving K Barber Chair in Diabetes

Dr. Eric Kim – Assistant Professor of Psychology, UBC Faculty of Arts

Dr. Rana Tarzemany – Assistant Professor of Teaching and Director of the Graduate Periodontics Program, UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Recorded September 18, 2021, as part of UBC Homecoming presented by RBC.