Professor Andrew Tym Hattersley FRS
Professor of Molecular Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter and Consultant Physician, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
Andrew Hattersley is distinguished for his contributions to the understanding of the genetics of diabetes and the application of that knowledge to clinical practice. He has led gene discovery in both monogenic diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. His clinical observations and physiological studies in patients with diabetes resulting from mutations in single genes have resulted in key insights into insulin secretion, fetal development, and patients' clinical care. Importantly his work led him to revolutionise treatment for patients with common subtypes of monogenic diabetes by replacing insulin injections with sulphonylurea tablets, which has greatly improved the control of their blood glucose.