A History of Diabetes: Care in Context

Date / time: 9 March, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A History of Diabetes: Care in Context


To mark 100 years since the first use of insulin to treat diabetes, find out about the history of diabetes care, from 1922 to the present day. One hundred years ago, on 11 January 1922, 14-year-old Leonard Thompson became the first person in the world to receive an injection of insulin to treat type 1 diabetes. Before this time, it was unusual for people with type 1 diabetes to survive for more than a year or two. But within 24 hours of his injection, Leonard’s dangerously high blood sugar levels dropped.

To mark the centenary of the first use of insulin, this event explores diabetes care in context, past and present. Historian of medicine Martin Moore will give an overview of care across the twentieth century, explaining how technological and scientific change needs to be contextualised in broader histories of gender, race and the health services. Retired nurse Tom Rush describes how, following his own diabetes diagnosis, he has worked to support People Living With Diabetes and become involved in the Diabetes UK Research Partnership Network (NI).

This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance:



Image: Syringes. Credit: Paul Griggs. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).