Frances Ashcroft is Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of
Trinity College Oxford. She is also Director of OXION, a consortium of scientists studying
ion channels, the heroes of this book. Her scientific research focuses on how a rise in your
blood sugar level stimulates the release of insulin and what why this process goes wrong in
diabetes. She has won many prizes for her research, most recently the L'Oreal/UNESCO 2012
Women in Science award. Her first book for the general reader was Life at the Extremes:
The Science of Survival.
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