Date: 30 November 2018
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to see the world-leading type 1 diabetes research taking place in the facility.
The Duchess met Professor Roman Hovorka, a researcher who has been developing an artificial pancreas with funding from the diabetes charity JDRF and the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.
The artificial pancreas is now in advanced human trials after being found help people with type 1 diabetes effectively manage their blood glucose levels, keeping them in range 65% of the time compared with 54% of the time without the technology. A prototype of the artificial pancreas is currently being trialled across six centres in the UK.
The Duchess, who is President of JDRF, and Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK, were shown around the NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility by Director of Clinical Operations Karen Addington.
JDRF drives research into new treatments that present tremendous opportunities to deliver enhanced health and wellbeing for people with type 1 diabetes.
Her Royal Highness has been President of JDRF in the UK for over five years and during this time 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.
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