Michigan has made significant contributions and advances in the fields of science and medicine. Some of the notable achievements include:
Discovery of insulin: In 1921, Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best at the University of Toronto discovered insulin, a hormone essential for regulating blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Banting later worked at the University of Michigan where he continued his research on insulin.
Transplant surgery: Dr. Thomas Starzl, a surgeon and researcher at the University of Michigan, made significant advances in the field of transplant surgery and is considered the “father of modern transplantation.”
Automation of medical lab tests: The automation of medical laboratory tests, which revolutionized the way blood tests were performed, was developed at the University of Michigan by Dr. Richard C. Adams and Dr. C. R. Hutchinson.
Development of cancer treatments: Michigan has been at the forefront of cancer research and treatment, with several notable institutions, including the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, conducting groundbreaking research and providing cutting-edge care to patients.
These are just a few examples of the many contributions and advances Michigan has made in the fields of science and medicine.