For the upcoming 2017 conference, we are very fortunate to have a world-class Professor Ashcroft to come and address us. Professor Ashcroft will be coming to give us inspiring insights on how she linked her childhood passion from school, and came to be a scientist in Oxford. It would be a very exciting talk for those who want to pursue their dreams like Professor Ashcroft did. She will be sharing with us her fascinating work on how the change in blood glucose levels stimulates the secretion of insulin from the pancreatic beta-cells, and how this process is impaired to the diabetics.

Professor Ashcroft, is a renowned expert in diabetes, cell physiology in fighting against diseases, and most importantly, the public’s understanding of science. She worked with BBC Radio to promote the importance of science through the media. At the same time, she is teaching a 4-year Doctoral Training Centre Degree about Ion Channels and Membrane Transport in Health and Disease (OXION). This would be especially eye opening to people who are interested in medicine and perhaps to becoming a doctor.

Heads up, future researchers and bio-chemists! Professor Ashcroft is working on the potential problems during the process of neonatal diabetes and type 3 diabetes in her research lab. Neonatal diabetes is a rare type of disease that occurs in the first 6 months of life. The increase of blood glucose is caused by the lack of insulin production. It is an inherited disease that requires frequent insulin injections. Professor Ashcroft came up with a drug therapy which enables children to switch from injections to a pain free drug treatment.

What a fantastic opportunity to meet this inspiring scientist and find out how you too can follow your dreams as a scientist!

By Sonya Chao and Megan Wong (King’s School, Canterbury Hub)

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