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Up close & personal with the Artificial Pancreas.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA– I was fortunate enough to spend most of Thursday afternoon at the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for Diabetes Technology, in the company of a number of individuals who are hard at work on the Artificial Pancreas Project.

I’ll get into more detail about the visit this weekend or early next week, but I wanted to take a moment for two things:

1) Thanks to everyone at the center for your hospitality and for helping me to fill in the blanks about what’s been accomplished so far, where the testing is today, and what’s still ahead in the process to gain FDA approval and bring this device to the wider diabetes community.

2) Toward the end of my visit I was asked to extend the center’s call for volunteers. Among other trials taking place around the country (they just finished testing with kids at a diabetes camp in California), they’re looking for volunteers to participate in clinical trials to help test algorithms specifically designed for pre-menopausal women. If you’re female and pre-menopausal, and you’re interested in participating, send an e-mail to

To participate, you must:
– Be on pump therapy
– Be free of serious diabetes-related complications (there’s a screening process)
– Be able to come to Charlottesville, Virginia for 2-3 days at a time (Charlottesville is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Washington, D.C., with a small airport and an Amtrak depot).

If you want to find out more about the Artificial Pancreas Project, here’s a link to my original post on the project, and a link to the center’s site:

JDRF and the Artificial Pancreas Project

UVA Center for Diabetes Technology

Disclosure: The Center for Diabetes Technology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine did not influence me in any way in writing this post. I got an invite, and I was happy to pay my own way to be here.

I’m a blogger, not a journalist. But I try to get the facts as accurate as possible. If I missed something somewhere, please let me know.

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