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Diabetes pioneer Professor Roman Hovorka will speak at a conference for sufferers of the disorder at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The researcher launched the world's first licensed, downloadable artificial pancreas app for people with type 1 diabetes.

It works with an insulin pump and a glucose monitor to automatically deliver insulin to patients via a complex algorithm.

Professor Roman Hovorka (47877050)
Professor Roman Hovorka (47877050)

Previously, people with type 1 diabetes had to rely on a routine of finger-prick blood tests and insulin injections or infusions to stay alive.

He is just one of the senior healthcare professionals, researchers and scientists in the diabetes field who will share their knowledge and expertise. The conference is also an opportunity to hear patients' experiences of living with diabetes.

The hospital's patient panel has co-ordinated the conference, which will be hosted at Harlow Study Centre, socially distanced, and will be held on online conferencing software.

Princess Alexandra Hospital's patient panel chair Ann Nutt. Pic: Vikki Lince (47877091)
Princess Alexandra Hospital's patient panel chair Ann Nutt. Pic: Vikki Lince (47877091)

Chairwoman Ann Nutt said: "We're delighted to be hosting our first conference relating to diabetes care and are extremely grateful to our fantastic guest speakers, who are dedicating their time to sharing their knowledge and expertise.

"The conference will allow staff and the wider community to gain an in-depth understanding of diabetes and the latest modern technology in place to help manage the condition.

"We encourage the local community who are living with diabetes or have a particular interest in diabetes to attend a session hosted by the world leader, Professor Hovorka, who invented the ground-breaking artificial pancreas and a session relating to the automated closed-loop insulin delivery system, hosted by a pioneer, Lane Desborough."

The 45-minute sessions will take place on Wednesday July 7, from 11.55am to 12.40pm and 2.45pm to 3.30pm. To sign up, visit www.pah.nhs.uk for more information.

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