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  1. Kim
    Kim January 30, 2012 at 7:39 am | | Reply

    Fascinating! Thank you for sharing your experiences, Tom.

  2. Wendy
    Wendy January 30, 2012 at 7:51 am | | Reply

    I really enjoyed reading about this experience! I’m curious about the role of glucagon…it doesn’t sound like there was a glucagon pump used here, but I was under the impression that glucagon would be part of the AP?

  3. Colleen
    Colleen January 30, 2012 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    Awesome post. I had such a great experience at UVA when I did a trial for the artificial pancreas (I was a subject in the exercise study that Tom mentioned. I encourage anyone to participate if they can. It’s really cool to try it out and to be a part of making the artificial pancreas a reality!

  4. David
    David January 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm | | Reply

    Love this post. The algorithms must be compensating better than I thought possible to the variable accuracy of CGM (how well can it work with just 1 sensor on board?) I especially like how the AP gives you a chance to intervene but doesn’t require it.

  5. Kimberly
    Kimberly January 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm | | Reply

    How do you go about getting involved in a trial such as this? I am a T1D and would love to see if I can try the artificial pancreas.

  6. Derrick
    Derrick January 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm | | Reply

    This was an awesome read I would love to be able to see one day this an actual plan for diabetics. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic now for 14 years hoping one day living life with diabetes will be stress free

  7. Jaime Tomlin
    Jaime Tomlin January 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm | | Reply

    Isn’t the artifical Pancreas like an insulin pump? My 7 year old son in on the pump and it liils alot like that!!

  8. ML
    ML January 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm | | Reply

    This is so exciting! Thanks so much to Tom and to the ‘Mine for sharing. I can’t wait to have a “coach in my pocket” too!

  9. Bonnie-Type 1
    Bonnie-Type 1 January 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm | | Reply

    Thank you Tom for doing this trial-we will all benefit from your experience.

  10. Hallie
    Hallie January 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm | | Reply

    WOW! I loved reading about this! It’s very interesting and it gives me so much hope. The part where Tom says that the system taking over was mind blowing and emotional- I can only imagine!! I feel that way just reading about it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. MariaCDE
    MariaCDE January 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm | | Reply

    This was very interesting and quite exciting. I agree wholeheartedy with Hallie that this technology is definitely promising!!

  12. Angie Dewese
    Angie Dewese January 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm | | Reply

    This excites me for my 2 children with juvenile diabetes!

  13. Sherrie Bassignani
    Sherrie Bassignani January 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm | | Reply

    I have diabetes for 35 years, and I have been waiting for technology to finally catch up! I would love to do a trial!

  14. Lauren
    Lauren January 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm | | Reply

    This is so exciting and emotional for me. I can’t wait or the day my three year old nephew ( and my amazing sister that takes such great care of him) can live a little more normal. Sounds so great!

  15. Julia
    Julia January 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm | | Reply

    I am very excited in the control to range hybrid system. This still allows you some control just knocks out extreme highs and lows. Though I wonder why it can’t keep you under 170 or 160, instead of 200 which, technically is quite high. I hope the hybrid systems comes out soon. Not sold on the AP where total control is given up to the system. Maybe some day I will change my mind. Thanks so much for sharing. And thank you for testing the AP.

  16. Jen McDonough
    Jen McDonough January 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm | | Reply

    Please see our story at http://www.fieldofdebt.com. As with most parents, type 1 changed our lives. In the end, it has change our family’s lives forever in a AWESOME way.

    I am almost in tears as a mom reading this. We had were so hopeful we could have Robbie on the artificial pancreas study when we finished up our 2 year anti CD 3 study in Denver last July (obviously thought it would be farther along when we started the study 2 1/2 years ago). We are still hopeful we will have a chance to experience this very soon. Our story has received local, national and international attention around our financial journey that started due to Robbie being diagnosed with type 1…not only due we share our story of hope and encouragement, but we share the hope that there will be a cure.

    We are currently in the finishing phases of our finance book which started with Robbie’s diagnosis (Living Beyond Rich) and will be planning on writing our diabetes journey later on this year.

    THANK YOU for this wonderful, motivating and encouraging article. God bless the patients, the medical providers and for the media for sharing such a wonderful story!!

  17. June S.
    June S. January 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for that fascinating post!!! You made me want an artificial pancreas in the worst way! At my last endo. visit, my endo. said she hoped I’d be able to try an artificial pancreas before too long. She felt I’d be the perfect candidate for one. With my 40th diaversary approaching, I hope I’ll soon be enrolled in a trial like this one!

  18. Amber
    Amber January 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm | | Reply

    Very inspirational article, thank you. What is the prospected date of approval from the FDA on the Artificial Pancreas?

  19. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston January 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm | | Reply

    Reading all the comments makes me realize how desperate we are for something like this to become a reality – and SOON!

    I, too, got a shot of excitement and hope; and then, reality sets in – that it could be years, decades away….

  20. TypeOne DiabetesAwareness
    TypeOne DiabetesAwareness January 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm | | Reply

    Thank-you for this story. I hope the AP becomes a reality for all people with type 1 diabetes in the very near future.

  21. Luis A Pagan
    Luis A Pagan January 31, 2012 at 8:12 am | | Reply

    Hi my name is Luis and I have been a type 1 diabetic since I was 8 yrs old and now I am 27. I was on the Medtronic insulin pump of awhile and I loved it but I have been off of it for the past two years due to loss of insurance and not being able to get insurance. I was on Humulog but since I lost my insurance I have been on Humulin N and Humulin R bc they are cheaper to purchase. I’m that note I have not been able to go to the doctor for quite some time so I’m a little nervous about my health. My girlfriend send me this article and I was reading it and I have become really interested in this trial, I always wished that scientist could get closer to help a diabetic feel like he is not diabetic nor different. So I would like to receive more information about this trial and or hear more about it and how successful it has been or maybe even get myself involved into the trial so if you can email me or you can call me at 570-856-8559
    Thank you

    1. wifeoftype1ifer
      wifeoftype1ifer February 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm | | Reply

      Luis,
      I copied the link https://trials.jdrf.org/patient/. this should give you the info needed. I am starting a non-profit foundation that will also help w/research, education, and finding a cure…but also go help supply the must need medication and supplies for living well w/type1. my husband got third world country healthcare while in prison for forgery. He know he never should not have been there, but unfortunately he is not the only type1 that has been effected by healthcare that is 3 yes 3 decades behind the ADA standards. We mean to make a change to this as soon as possible.
      now my husband is living live w/the awful complications from this disease. join me on facebook.com/gerihigbypayne

    2. wifeoftype1ifer
      wifeoftype1ifer February 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm | | Reply

      Luis,
      I copied the link https://trials.jdrf.org/patient/. this should give you the info needed. I am starting a non-profit foundation that will also help w/research, education, and finding a cure…but also go help supply the must need medication and supplies for living w/type 1.
      now my husband is living live w/the awful complications from this disease. join me on facebook.com/gerihigbypayne

  22. Mary McQuillen
    Mary McQuillen January 31, 2012 at 8:56 am | | Reply

    Thank you for this very interesting article. I’m a mom of a 5 year old T1D and found myself weeping at the hope I found this article. Thank you a thousand times over Tom Brobson and all the other volunteers in the trial.

    Will children be involved in the trial?

  23. Mona
    Mona February 1, 2012 at 2:17 am | | Reply

    Thank you for this story. I hope the AP becomes a reality for all people with type 1 diabetes in the very near future.

  24. John
    John February 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm | | Reply

    While this sounds ‘revolutionary’, real world test results can’t be overlooked. I can say without doubt that my body’s BS levels are greatly influenced by stress, to the point that I can take multiple units of humalog and still run high, whether it’s delivered via pump or syringe. I will remain high to the point of my gums in my mouth feeling like they are bleeding and excessive urination. To me, the fundamental flaw is delivering insulin sub q and only being able to use U100. Can we get U400 or something better since sub q is physiologically flawed?

    I’m not sold on this and as long as we inject sub q, it’s a failure IMO. I’d also like to understand what kind of diet is being followed in the ‘clinch’ since real world will be drastically different. What about excessive weight gain? Now you can eat what you want when you want without worry?

    Let’s put the research dollars into a cure, not an expensive over hyped treatment.

  25. H N SINGH
    H N SINGH February 4, 2012 at 8:20 am | | Reply

    Hi Allison!
    I m a type 2 diabetic since 1989. I also want to participate in such trials. Please let me know if i m eligible for that?
    If so what is the procedure to join the system, _H N Singh.

  26. Sharon
    Sharon February 6, 2012 at 11:07 am | | Reply

    This literally brought tears to my eyes! As a mom of 2 young adults with Type 1 I am excited beyond words and cannot wait for the APP to become the new gold standard! Thanks to Tom for his willingness to be a live guinea pig and too Allison for blogging about it!

  27. jeff
    jeff February 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm | | Reply

    i want one!!

  28. Ken
    Ken February 28, 2012 at 9:53 am | | Reply

    There are many reasons why one loses control, imagine losing insurance coverage for test strips and doubleing the co-pay for insulin on an income of less than twice min-wage.
    Back to the topic, this is great news! Now they need to do real tests. Tests with people that have, historicly, very poor control. Tests with well controlled subjects show me nothing and have little relation to the real world. But; I still want one.

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  30. Kannan
    Kannan July 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm | | Reply

    Hi Allison, I am father of 11 years old boy. My boy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetics 2 years go(2010). I saw this article share by Insulin via facebook. We are living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Can my boy take part in this clinilcal trial? You can reach me via mr6kannan@gmail.com or 0060123991512. Thany you.

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