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Public Lecture: Technological Revolution in Diabetes

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Date and Time
14th November 2023, 17:30 - 18:30
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This public lecture was delivered by Professor Pratik Choudhary, Professor and Honorary consultant in Diabetes at the University of Leicester, in November 2023.

In this talk, Professor Pratik Choudhary takes you on a journey through the technological revolution that diabetes management has undergone in the last 25 years. He discusses how his work used technology to allow lorry drivers starting insulin to keep their licenses, and how his research testing the earliest systems allowed instant delivery without human intervention.

This innovative work on instant delivery has now culminated in widespread access to continuous glucose monitoring with systems that provide alarms to alert the patient if their blood sugar is too high and low. These systems also provide access to artificial pancreas systems that have revolutionised life with type 1 diabetes.

This technology has revolutionised the way medical professionals interact with their patients. The ability to support individuals through remote monitoring and video calling now allows patients to access healthcare professionals ever easier and more effectively.

Prof Pratik Choudhary is Professor of Diabetes at the University of Leicester, working with the team at the Leicester Diabetes Research Centre. He has a special interest in type 1 diabetes and technology. He has active clinical and research programs around education, psychology and technology in type 1 diabetes. In particular, his research uses neuroimaging to explore the mechanisms of hypoglycaemia unawareness, and the use of different strategies such as technology and behavioural interventions to restore awareness. He has been involved in a number of national and international research studies, as well as a number of national and international training and education programs for diabetes.

He is currently chair of the Diabetes Technology Network-UK, working to improve access to technology for diabetes through training, education and advocacy. He is also medical advisor to the Department of Transport, associate editor for Diabetic Medicine, Midlands Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Lead and member of the EASD Post Graduate education committee.

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