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Learning about Looping and DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems

Study Day 3

Newton Arkwright
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Unfortunately, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2021.

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  • From: Friday 27 March 2020, 8.30 am
  • To: Friday 27 March 2020, 4.30 pm
  • Registration: 8.30 am - 9 am
  • Location: Newton Building, Nottingham Conference Centre, Newton Building, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 26 March 2020, 12.00 pm
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Event details

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2021.

Please review our website for other events you may be interested in attending.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems (DIY APS) 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.

The study day will provide healthcare professionals with learning and networking opportunities and help delegates:

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

Approved for 6 Hours of CPD by the Royal College of Physicians (UK)


Alasdair McLay (BEng (Hons), MPhil, CEng, FRAeS): 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 Wilmot is a Consultant Diabetologist at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton and Honorary (consultant) Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. Her specialist interests include Type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy and diabetes technology, young adults with diabetes and antenatal diabetes care. She is also a principal investigator on clinical trials related to Type 1 diabetes. Dr Wilmot was the founder of ABCD Diabetes Technology Network UK. In this role she led the delivery of a programme of educational events and online resources for multidisciplinary diabetes teams and people living with diabetes. She continues to serve as an elected committee member. She is a member of the National Diabetes Audit Insulin Pump Expert Reference Group and has been involved in the development of the 2018 national Type 1 diabetes service level audit. She has also led the development of a suite of national ‘best practice’ guides related to diabetes technology.

Dr Peter Jennings BA, BSN, PhD: Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

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.

Dr Sufyan Hussain MA, MB, BChir, MRCP, PhD:

Dr Sufyan Hussain is a Consultant Diabetes and Endocrine Physician at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital. He maintains a specialist interest in diabetes technology, including the clinical application of artificial pancreas systems. He graduated in medicine from the University of Cambridge and undertook his post-graduate clinical training in London teaching hospitals.  He completed his PhD with Sir Professor Stephen Bloom at Imperial College London and was a visiting scholar at Joslin Diabetes Centre, Harvard Medical School. He was appointed as a Darzi fellow in Clinical Leadership where he worked on regional and national projects related to integrated care and digital health. He is a member of ABCD Diabetes Technology Network committee, NHSE London Diabetes Strategic Clinical Network and JDRF Scientific Advisory Committee.  He has over 25 years personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes and is passionate about improving care for diabetes.


8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and refreshments
9:15 am - 10:00 am Experiences of using DIY systems
10:00 am - 10:30 am Overview of DIY system hardware
10:30 am - 11:00 am Step 1: Accessing flash glucose data using Miao Miao with Spike orxDrip+
11:00 am - 11:20 amRefreshment break
11:20 am - 11: 50 am Step 2: Building and using night scout
11:50 am - 12:45 pm Step 3: Understanding DIY artificial pancreas systems
12:45 pm - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Step 4: Trouble shooting DIY artificial pancreas systems
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Step 5: Understanding android artificial pancreas systems
2:30 pm - 3:10 pm HCPs perspectives on DIY artificial pancreas systems
3:10 pm - 3:30 pmRefreshment break
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm HCPs perspectvies on DIY artificial pancreas systems (continued)
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Conclusions
4:30 pmStudy day finishes

Booking information

The cost to attend this study day is £100 per delegate. The price includes all refreshments and lunch.

Payments can be paid using NTU's Online Store.  Wherever possible, please can delegates pay their conference fees by credit/debit card.  If an invoice is required for payment please email  Dr Peter Jennings.

For all event queries, please contact the event organiser, Dr Peter Jennings.

Location details


Newton Building


Nottingham Conference Centre
Newton Building
Burton Street

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