2016 Professor Peter Shepherd FRSNZ
How defects in cell signalling pathways cause cancer and diabetes
For our body to function normally, the processes in each of our trillions of cells must be tightly controlled. These processes are regulated by complex signalling pathways that allow cells to respond to the hormones and cytokines that circulate in the body, the electrical signals from nerves, and to the environment surrounding the cell. Peter Shepherd’s work seeks to understand how defects in cell signalling pathways cause disease, and how this information can be used to develop new drugs to treat cancer and diabetes.