DPAG Heroines

All are invited to a series of exciting talks to celebrate physiology in Oxford.

Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft FRS will deliver “DPAG heroines: Pioneering women physiologists and anatomists at Oxford” with a special focus on one of DPAG’s earliest prominent women Dr Florence Buchanan. Buchanan is widely renowned for her discoveries on the transmission of reflex impulses in mammals, birds and reptiles, and the neural control of the heartbeat during exercise. She was the first woman to attend a meeting of The Physiological Society in 1896. In 1912, after she had been going to meetings of The Society for 16 years, John Scott Haldane proposed her for membership, making her the first woman proposed to become a member of The Physiological Society. She was later among the first 6 women admitted to The Society in July 1915.

Two more of our current successful DPAG women will then outline their research:

Associate Professor Samira Lakhal-Littleton will deliver ““Iron Control- Systems Are Doin’ It for Themselves”.

Associate Professor Nicola Smart will deliver “The embryonic blueprint for creating stable blood vessels”.

The talks will be followed by the unveiling of The Physiological Society Blue Plaque commemorating the scientific legacy of Florence Buchanan, outside Sherrington building main entrance.

More information about Buchanan can be found on the DPAG website at: www.dpag.ox.ac.uk/women-in-physiology-anatomy-genetics/florence-buchanan