Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Closing the loop – to the place where it doesn’t hurt as much

One of the most exciting sessions during the Medtronic Diabetes Advocates Forum was hearing from Lane Desborough. Lane’s team is working on closing the loop in diabetes management.

Lane has the ability to explain a complicated process in a way that is easier to understand. The video is a little quiet so make sure your speakers are all the way up. I included some subtitles on the actual video to highlight some of the key points.

“The idea of closing the loop is to transfer variability and variation from the place where it hurts to the place where it doesn’t hurt as much to make humans’ jobs easier.”

If an artificial pancreas is like cruise control on a car, then we have to figure out a way to shorten the response time. Can you imagine hitting the brakes and have your car respond 25 – 40 minutes later (insulin action time)?

There are 1000 tasks to living successfully with Type 1 diabetes (I am willing to give over control of a few of those!)

They are working on figuring out a way to “give the humans the tasks they’re good at and the computers the tasks they’re good at.”

After the presentation we were able to meet with the rest of Lane’s team. I am not kidding when I say that there are actual rocket scientists working on closing the loop.

We were not allowed to take pictures in the area, but all of us were standing there amazed at the process and the progress of the team. I am not kidding when I say that the next step in artificial pancreas technology may come from a collection of post-it notes on a white board.


Medtronic Diabetes Advocates Forum Disclosure: Medtronic paid for transportation, meals and my hotel room during the forum. Any activities outside of the forum (such as taking my friends to In N Out Burger) were my expense alone. I was not paid to attend or write about the forum.

You can read more about my disclosure policy here.

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