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Learning about Looping and DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems

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A study day for Healthcare Professionals to learn about Do-it-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems and Type 1 Diabetes Management.

  • From: Friday 5 April 2019, 9 am
  • To: Friday 5 April 2019, 4.30 pm
  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Location: Adams Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Newton Building, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Friday 5 April 2019, 8.00 am
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Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems (DIYAPS) have been developed by people with Type 1 Diabetes to automate diabetes self-management. These systems use smartphone applications to automate insulin delivery by establishing feedback loops between continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps. This movement is growing rapidly following recent advancements in diabetes technologies and many healthcare professionals are unfamiliar with DIYAPS.

The study day* will provide healthcare professionals with learning and networking opportunities relating to:

  • To better understand why and how people with Type 1 Diabetes are using technologies to create DIYAPS
  • To become familiar with the hardware and software used to build DIYAPS
  • To recognise how online communities provide peer-support on DIYAPS
  • To explore issues relating to professional practice
  • To identify opportunities for auditing and researching DIY Pancreas Systems

*Approval for CPD by Royal Colleges is pending


Alasdair McLay

Alasdair McLay

An Engineer and problem solver by training, a Type 1 Diabetic for over 30 years.

In the last three years Alasdair has been involved in testing technology solutions to help reduce the burden of his diabetes. For the last two years he has used all of the Open Source (DIY) Closed Loop systems, helped test out changes and modifications and has also helped dozens of other PWDs set up their own systems at build sessions. He has also introduced many others both HCPs and PWD to these systems and their benefits including talking at Type 1 Rise of the Machines; Input Fusion and U.K. CDF events.

Dr Emma Wilmot MB ChB BSc (hons) PhD FRCP

Consultant Diabetologist, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Honorary (consultant) Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

Dr Emma Wilmot

Dr Wilmot is a Consultant Diabetologist in Derby. Her specialist interests include Type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy and diabetes technology, young adults with diabetes and antenatal diabetes care.

Dr Wilmot is chair of the ABCD Diabetes Technology Network UK. In this role she leads the delivery of a programme of educational events for multidisciplinary diabetes teams. She has led the development of a suite of national ‘best practice’ guides related to insulin pump therapy and is a member of the National Diabetes Audit Insulin Pump Expert Reference Group, developing the 2018 national Type 1 diabetes service level audit. Dr Wilmot has been involved in the #language matters movement which aims to improve healthcare professional communication with people with diabetes.

Dr Wilmot was awarded the University of Leicester medal for excellent PhD performance in 2013 for her PhD “Type 2 diabetes in younger adults”.

Dr Peter Jennings BA, BSN, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Diabetes Specialist Nurse, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Peter Jennings

Peter works at Nottingham Trent University as a Senior Lecturer and the Insulin Pump Therapy service within University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

Peter was born in the USA and moved to live in England 19 years ago. He initially worked for an insulin pump company educating diabetes teams about insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring across the United Kingdom and Europe. He then joined the diabetes team in Derby to work as a clinical academic and completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham. Through his work, Peter seeks to positively influence people living with diabetes and their healthcare professionals’ knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to the use of insulin pump therapy and diabetes technologies.

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The cost to attend this study day is £85 per delegate. The price includes all refreshments and lunch. For further information about this event, please email Dr Peter Jennings.


8.30 - 9 am Registration and refreshments
9:15 - 10 am Experiences of using DIY systems
10 - 10.30 am Overview of DIY System Hardware
10.30 - 11 am Step 1: Accessing Flash Glucose Data using MiaoMiao X-drip or Spike
11 - 11.20 am Refreshment break
11,20 - 12.45 pm Step 2: Understanding Android Artificial Pancreas System
12.45 - 1.30 pmLunch
1.30 - 2 pm Step 3: Building and Using Nightscout
2 - 2.30 pm Step 4: Trouble-shooting DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems
2.30 - 3.10 pm HCP’s Perspectives on DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems
3.10 - 3.30 pm Refreshment break
3.30 - 4.15 pm Exploring Audit and Research Opportunities
4.15 - 4.30 pm Conclusions
4.30 pm Study Day finishes

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Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre
Newton Building
Burton Street

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