UK researchers are working on an artificial pancreas project which combines an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor that can alert people with diabetes if their blood glucose levels are going too high or too low.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge are working on perfecting a computer programme that enables the pump and sensor to “talk” to each other. Once this is perfected, it is hoped that the combined device will form a ‘closed loop’ which will respond to the body’s blood glucose levels and deliver the right amount of insulin as needed.
The team at Cambridge are testing the technology with children, because this age group is the most challenging in which to achieve consistently normal glucose levels. Source: JDRF UK