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World leading expert to explore wonder of hormones in celebration of 100 years of insulin

Distinguished UK endocrinologist, Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly, to deliver flagship lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine

An exploration of the beauty and wonder of the hormones that control our energy balance and metabolism and how they can be replaced and manipulated to improve human health will be the focus of a lecture celebrating the centenary of insulin by Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly at the Royal Society of Medicine on Thursday 2 December 2021.

One of the UK’s most distinguished endocrinologists, Professor O’Rahilly is Director of the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit at the University of Cambridge and earlier this year became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

The evening will begin with a welcome and introduction by Professor of Nephrology and former Physician to HM The Queen, Professor Sir John Cunningham.

Mr Chris Askew OBE, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, who will also be speaking during the evening, said: “Sir Stephen follows in the footsteps of the doctors and scientists whose discovery of insulin was one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in history, going on to save millions of lives around the world. Since 1934, Diabetes UK has been working tirelessly with scientists, sharing knowledge and taking on diabetes together, but there is so much more to be done. Diabetes UK is committed to funding research, breaking new ground, and leading the fight to eventually achieve a world where diabetes can do no harm.” 

Ms Michele Acton, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Medicine, said: “The Royal Society of Medicine plays an important role in sharing scientific understanding of conditions such as diabetes, which affects so many families in the UK and across the globe. We are delighted that our Honorary Fellow, Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly, will be enlightening our audience at this public lecture with his unique perspective on the world of human metabolic science.”

Notes to editors

Celebrating the centenary of insulin by Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly: The Alan Howard Memorial Lecture will take place on Thursday 2 December from 6.00pm to 8.15pm.

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The Royal Society of Medicine would like to thank the Howard Foundation for its generous support of this lecture.

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