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Professors David Paterson and Andrew Hattersley

On 9 May we were very pleased to host Professor Andrew Hattersley FRS, who visited DPAG to deliver the Sir Hans Krebs Prize Lecture 2024. Professor Hattersley’s lecture was ‘From Base Change to Better Care in Diabetes’. After the lecture, attendees gathered for a drinks reception in the Sherrington reception foyer, where Professor Hattersley took time to network with both departmental and wider university staff and students.


Professor Andrew Hattersley is the Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Exeter, UK and a practicing consultant diabetologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. He trained in Medicine at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. His postgraduate education was in London, Oxford and Birmingham. Professor Hattersley is a clinical scientist, distinguished for his contributions to the understanding of the genetics of diabetes and the application of that knowledge to clinical practice. He has played a major role in the UK research effort into the genetics of type 2 diabetes. His research combines state-of-the-art molecular genetics with physiological and clinical investigations in patients.


This Prize Lecture is named for Sir Hans Krebs FRS, who first gained international recognition for his discovery of the urea cycle in 1931, considered a milestone in biochemistry. In 1953, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his second major discovery, the critic acid cycle, later known as the ‘Krebs Cycle’. This discovery provided us with an explanation of one of the most fundamental processes of life: the conversion of food into energy within a cell. Krebs came to Oxford University in 1954 as Whitley Professor of Biochemistry and a fellow of Trinity College. He brought with him the Medical Research Council Unit for Research in Cell Metabolism, to the Metabolic Research Laboratory in the Radcliffe Infirmary.

The Krebs prise lecture

Professor Andrew Hattersley and Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft