2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Distinguished Speaker

Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS speaks on ‘The Spark of Life’

What makes us human?

Can someone really die of fright? Why do chilli peppers taste hot? How do cocaine, LSD and morphine work? Frances weaves real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, including an account of her own discoveries, to explain the fundamental role of ion channels in our bodies and why they truly are the ‘spark of life’.

These are some of the issues that will be touched on.

Wellington | 6pm Thu 12 March | Te Papa |
Nelson | 7pm Tue 17 March | Rutherford Hotel
Dunedin | 6pm Wed 18 March | St David Lecture Theatre
Christchurch | 7pm Thu 19 March | University of Canterbury
Wanaka | 6pm Fri 20 March | Presbyterian Church Hall, Tenby St
Auckland | 6pm Tue 24 March | Auckland Museum

For further information visit the Royal Society webpage.

Frances Ashcroft is a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford and director of OXION, a training and research programme on the physiology of ion channels. Her ground-breaking research has shown how changes in blood glucose levels regulate insulin secretion from the pancreas and how this process is impaired in type 2 diabetes. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1999.