The Discovery Of Insulin At Tacoma Science Café

Thursday, 6 January 2011 - 7:00pm
Harmon Brewery Co. & Restaurant Click here for Map

We tend to think of science as being linear and logical, but is it? In many ways, the discovery of insulin in Canada in 1922 was a most unlikely medical breakthrough. Writer Thea Cooper (co-author of Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle) will trace the intersecting narratives of the principle discoverer, Frederick Banting, and one of the first recipients of the miracle drug, Elizabeth Hughes, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the U.S. secretary of state. These events resonate in contemporary debates about patient privacy, disease/disability advocacy and pharmaceutical research partnership. The speaker will be available afterward to sign copies of her book.

Tacoma Science Café is held on the first Thursday of each month. Did you miss a café and want to hear the discussion? Most Science Cafés are recorded by KCTS 9 and are available for online viewing. Tacoma Science Cafés take place at Harmon Brewery Co. & Restaurant in Tacoma and are presented in partnership with Pacific Science Center and KCTS 9.