Diabetes Management

Lead researchers: Emeritus Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin, Dr Adrian Medioli (Engineering) and Conjoint Professor Bruce King (Health)
Associated research group: Australian Artificial Pancreas Program
Partners: John Hunter Children’s Hospital

The Australian Artificial Pancreas Program (AAPP) is a collaborative research group which aims to develop better management strategies for people having type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes is a debilitating chronic disease. It effects approximately 1 % of the world’s population and the percentage is growing. Current treatments often lead to bad outcomes including neuropathy, blindness, limb amputation and, in extreme cases, death.

It is estimated that the cost to the Australian economy exceeds a half billion dollars annually whist the global cost exceeds a trillion dollars.

The Australian Artificial Pancreas group comprises medical professionals (endocrinologist, nutritionists and diabetes educators), Engineers (feedback control experts and software development experts) and data scientists (with expertise in large data problems). Our research is Multidiscipline in nature.

The group has been actively collaborating for 7 years and have many joint publications including a chapter in a prestigious book.

Specific Projects that we have undertaken include:

  1. A study of the impact of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat and protein) on Blood Glucose Response
  2. Development of a smart phone App for the clinical translation of our macronutrient research and its impact on insulin dosing
  3. Development of the concept of digital twins for individuals to accelerate research and to provide personalized management advice to patients.
  4. Understanding fundamental limitations associated with Artificial Pancreas strategies
  5. Development of gold standards for the management of type 1 diabetes
  6. Investigation of the impact of exercise on Blood Glucose Regulation

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