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Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Lund in recognition of her research into neonatal diabetes.

On 2nd June 2017 Frances Ashcroft attended the award ceremony at the University of Lund where, as part of the proceedings, a canon was fired marking the exact moment when the top hat was placed upon her head!

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Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft, FMedSci, FRS, pictured here after the ceremony, with the top hat and scroll awarded her by the University of Lund. The man on the left is the bombadier, who  
fired the cannon.

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The above is a photo of all the doctorates including the PhD students, the honorary doctors and the jubilee doctors (who are awarded a jubilee doctorate this 50 years after their PhD). The young girls in the front are the wreath carriers, who represent the nine muses and carry the wreaths for the doctors in the faculty of philosophy. Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft is in the red and silver in the front left.

Professor Dame Ashcroft's research focuses on ion channels and their role in insulin secretion in health and disease. Further information, including quotes from Fran on her research and early career, can be found in the University of Lund's University Diabetes Centre press release, which is available here.

Our congratulations to Fran on this honour.