JDRF patron HRH Duchess of Cornwall, diabetes research Dr Roman Hovorka

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Royal visit to Addenbrooke's Hospital where an 'artificial pancreas'

solution is being developed.

Royal visit for diabetes tech

Her Royal Highness The

Duchess of Cornwall

visited Addenbrooke's

Hospital to see the

world-leading Type

1 diabetes technology being developed

there by Professor Roman Hovorka of the

University of Cambridge.

The Duchess, who has been President

of the Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF for

the last five years, during which time she

has met many individuals and families

affected by type 1 diabetes, as well as

the scientists and researchers working

to cure, treat and prevent the condition

supported by JDRF. She previously met

Professor Hovorka when she visited

Addenbrooke's in 2012. Hovorka has

been developing an 'artificial pancreas'

since 2006 with research funded by

JDRF and NIHR at the NIHR Cambridge

Biomedical Research Centre*.

The artificial pancreas is now in

advanced human trials after being found

to be better at helping people with Type

1 diabetes manage their blood glucose

levels by keeping them in range 65% of

time, compared with 54% of the time

without the technology. A prototype of

what is being referred to as an 'artificial

pancreas' is currently being trialled across

six centres in the UK including the NIHR

Cambridge Clinical Research Facility.

In attendance at the event was Sky

News presenter and JDRF supporter,

Stephen Dixon who was diagnosed

with Type 1 when he was 17. He

was accompanied by JDRF Youth

Ambassadors George Dove and Amy

Wilton who also met Her Royal Highness

when she visited Addenbrooke's in

February 2012. The Duchess was

handed a posy of flowers by George

Vinnicombe aged seven, and his sister

Ava, aged five. George was diagnosed

with Type 1 diabetes when he was six

months old and spent a considerable

time in intensive care.

*Cambridge University Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust (CUH) is a leading national

centre for specialist treatment for rare or

complex conditions and a university teaching

hospital with a worldwide reputation. Based

within the most outstanding NHS and

University partnerships in the country, the

Biomedical Research Centres are leaders

in scientific translation. Located on the

Cambridge Biomedical Campus, they

receive substantial levels of funding from

the National Institute for Health Research

(NIHR) to translate fundamental biomedical

research into clinical research that benefits

patients and they are early adopters of new

treatments. The National Institute for Health

Research (NIHR) is dedicated to improving

the health and wealth of the nation through

research. www.nihr.ac.uk

JDRF is the leading global organisation

funding type 1 diabetes research.

www.jdrf.org.uk

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