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Assessment of fully automated insulin delivery technology in diabetes

36 months
Approved budget:
Dr Thomas Wilkinson
Dr Martin de Bock
Dr Ryan Paul
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Lay summary
I am an Endocrinology Registrar in Otautahi/Christchurch, planning a career as an Academic Endocrinologist. To progress my research ambitions I am committed to completing a PhD focussed on cutting-edge diabetes technology. Diabetes is a complex chronic condition. Good control prevents complications, however the current need for frequent fingerprick tests and insulin injections (requiring day-to-day planning) significantly impairs quality of life. Diabetes complications are a major driver of ethnic disparity in Aotearoa, with the burden falling predominantly on Maori and Pasifika. My research will investigate an "artificial pancreas" that combines a glucose monitor and insulin pump with a computer program, to treat diabetes. I am particularly focused on "open source" technology that minimises cost. This technology has potential to revolutionise diabetes management, improving control and quality of life. Benefits are likely to be greatest in people with suboptimal control, therefore there is a realistic possibility of closing ethnic and socioeconomic outcome gaps.