"It's intimidating when you start considering the list of things that influence blood sugar," Ed Damiano, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, told NPR.
Damiano's son, David, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he
"Emotions and physical activity, if you're healthy.
You can't possibly take into account and balance all those things," Damiano
"And sometimes you get it right.
And often you get it wrong."
is giving new hope to his
son, and potentially, all those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes now and in the future.
This hope comes in the form of an iPhone-based artificial pancreas or "bionic pancreas.
is racing to get the new device, designed to help people better manage their blood sugar, approved by the Food and Drug Administration
son heads off to college in three years.
"Most artificial pancreas projects consist of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and a multi-hormone pump controlled by a software program to mimic the logic/intelligence of a pancreas," noted iMedicalApps.
"For this [Damiano's] project, they used a Dexcom G4 CGM and two separate Tandem t:slim pumps for secreting glucagon and insulin-based hormones which respectively raise and lower blood sugar levels.
For now, Damiano
has received approval to launch a new round of testing.
Beginning this past June, dozens of new adult and adolescent volunteers signed up to use his
system for 11 days.