Artificial pancreas

red flower lady
By red flower lady Latest Reply 2012-03-24 00:36:39 -0500
Started 2012-03-23 20:05:05 -0500

Has anybody else read this, it was posted on If so, what do you think about it? I was just joking with my dr, that all I needed was a new pancreas and I'm cured:)

Artificial Pancreas Approved for US Outpatient Testing

Posted by dlife on Mon, Mar 19, 12, 10:10 AM 2 Comments

March 16, 2012 (University of Virginia) — A University of Virginia-developed artificial pancreas that could potentially automate care for millions of Type 1 diabetes patients has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a key testing phase.

Device Based on a Cell Phone

The FDA recently approved the first U.S. outpatient clinical trials for the device, created by a UVA School of Medicine research team led by Patrick Keith-Hynes, PhD, and Boris Kovatchev, PhD. The hand-held device – created by reconfiguring a standard smart phone – automatically monitors blood sugar levels and provides insulin as needed, which may relieve patients from having to regularly check their blood sugar levels and administer insulin shots.

Earlier inpatient trials at UVA and in Europe, as well as an ongoing outpatient trial that began last year in Italy and France, have shown promising results. The first eight Type 1 diabetes patients participating in the outpatient trial in Europe were able to maintain safe blood sugar levels while spending a night outside of a hospital.

After years of research and testing, Kovatchev is looking forward to this vital step in the development of the artificial pancreas. “Conducting the first U.S. tests of a portable artificial pancreas running on a cell phone in a real-world setting is an important step toward evaluating its effectiveness and how it may impact treatment for Type 1 diabetes patients in the United States.”

Collaboration Supports Artificial Pancreas Development

The device’s development was supported by Paul and Diane Manning of Charlottesville, the Frederick Banting Foundation of Richmond and the JDRF’s Artificial Pancreas Project. The Artificial Pancreas Project brings together researchers from UVA, the University of California, Santa Barbara, Montpellier University Hospital in France and the Universities of Padova and Pavia in Italy.

Kovatchev hopes the U.S. outpatient trials will begin within approximately six weeks.

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jayabee52 2012-03-23 22:16:41 -0500 Report

This has been in development for quite some time and has been discussed at various times. see the list of discussions about it here ~

It does seem like they're getting close to testing it on real people now. I pray that it comes to market soon!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-23 23:25:31 -0500 Report

When I joked about wanting a new one, my dr said "no you don't, a donor pancreas will not last long in the body and I would be worse off after that happens. He explained more about why, but we didn't talk about this article. I guess because it isn't really the same thing. What happens if your mobile device isn't working? I guess I'll just keep doing the insulin routine like I have almost my entire life:( It would be awsome for some kind of break through.

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