Professor Stephen Franks
Stephen Franks trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He is Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at Imperial College Faculty of Medicine (University of London) and Consultant Endocrinologist at St Mary’s and Hammersmith Hospitals, London. He is a former Chair of the Society for Endocrinology (UK). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has both clinic- and laboratory-based programs of research in the field of normal and disordered function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. He has published more than 200 papers on the subject. He has a major interest in polycystic ovary syndrome, which is not only the commonest cause of anovulatory infertility but is also a major risk factor for development of type 2 diabetes. His research includes investigation of the mechanism(s) of anovulation, and of the characteristic metabolic abnormalities; it focuses particularly on the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the aetiology of the syndrome.