Study day planned for DIY artificial pancreas systems
Healthcare professionals are being given the opportunity to learn more about Do-it-Yourself artificial pancreas systems and type 1 diabetes management at a forthcoming study day.
The Learning about Looping event will take place on Friday, March 27 at Nottingham Trent University. It will explore the latest developments people with type 1 diabetes have made in creating their own artificial pancreas systems to automate their diabetes self-management.
These systems use smartphone applications developed and shared by people with type 1 diabetes to automate insulin delivery by establishing feedback loops between continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps. This patient-led initiative is growing rapidly as users share their experiences of building DIY artificial pancreas systems via social networks.
The CPD accredited study day will help attendees to better understand why and how people with type 1 diabetes are using technologies to create DIY artificial pancreas systems, to recognise how online communities provide peer-support and to explore professional practice issues relating to DIY artificial pancreas systems.
The faculty on the study day, who all have publications on DIY artificial pancreas systems, include Mr Alasdair McLay, an engineer who has had type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years who is an expert in building, programming and advising on DIY artificial pancreas systems; Dr Emma Wilmot, Consultant Diabetologist from the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and founder of Diabetes Technology Network UK; Dr Sufyan Hussain, Consultant Diabetes and Endocrine Physician from St Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust; and, Dr Peter Jennings, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and Diabetes Specialist Nurse from the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, who is the event organiser.