World-first artificial pancreas

“NOT that I’d want it at all, but if I were going to I’d rather have diabetes now [than 20 years ago],” Professor Timothy Jones says.

With available treatments and medical technology continuing to improve year on year, the sentiment may be applicable to many conditions. 

But the point made by Professor Jones – a clinical professor at the University of WA and head of the diabetes department at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth – might resonate with those living with diabetes as he leads an Australian trial of pioneering technology that he hopes will eventually lead to the availability of an artificial pancreas.

The project is part of an international collaboration, but his team is the first in the world to be trialling a portable version of a glucose monitoring device.

Using already developed technology data from a sensor placed under the patient’s skin, it relays blood glucose readings back