World’s first artificial pancreas within the sight of researchers

RESEARCHERS are taking big strides toward development of an artificial pancreas, with results announced this week from a study in the youngest children yet and from the world’s first ambulatory trial in adults.

The artificial pancreas, also known as the ‘closed loop’ insulin delivery system, could take the heartache out of nocturnal glucose monitoring for children with type 1 diabetes, US paediatric endocrinologist Dr Andrew Dauber said.

In a late-breaking trial session at the American Diabetes Association’s annual scientific meeting in Philadelphia today, Dr Dauber announced safe completion of a