Profile: Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA, USA

The Joslin Diabetes Center has a long history of being on the cutting edge of diabetes care and research. It was founded 117 years ago by Elliott Joslin, a physician dedicated to understanding and treating type 1 diabetes in young people. He used the latest methods to treat the disease—which at that time mainly meant enforcing a starvation diet—but was quick to adopt new techniques, said John Brooks, the centre’s current president.

Joslin’s clinic became the first centre in the USA to test the use of insulin to treat diabetes in 1922, but the physician did not consider it a wonder drug. “Joslin was a pioneer in his day, he was astute enough to recognise that it wasn’t just insulin that was going to cure diabetes”, said Brooks. Read more in The Lancet.