Award Name : LOreal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science
Year of Award : 2012
Award for : Medical
Location : Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Frances Mary Ashcroft (born 1952) is a British geneticist and ion channel physiologist. She is Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology at the University of Oxford. She is a fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and is a director of the Oxford Centre for Gene Function. Her research group has an international reputation for work on insulin secretion, type II diabetes and neonatal diabetes.Her work with Professor Andrew Hattersley has helped enable children born with diabetes to switch from insulin injections to tablet therapy.She won 2012 winners of the L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science or her discovery of an ATP-sensitive potassium channel linking glucose metabolism and insulin secretion and its role in neonatal diabetes.