PROF. ROMAN HOVORKA, BCAh
Prof. Roman Hovorka, has developed a ground-breaking artificial pancreas that mimics the human pancreas, automatically managing blood glucose levels and insulin delivery for people with Type 1 diabetes. The ‘artificial pancreas’ is a piece of technology that could do part of the job of a healthy pancreas, providing exactly the right amount of insulin to the body as it’s needed.
The system consists of an algorithm on a mobile phone, which communicates with a glucose sensor and an insulin pump to automatically control insulin delivery in response to glucose levels for use by people of all ages with Type 1 diabetes, including very young children. The system being developed is able to take over much of the management of insulin delivery throughout the day and night and keep blood glucose levels in target range for longer periods of time.
His work has been instrumental in moving the artificial pancreas closer to reality for the benefit of sufferers when it is fully tested. Prof. Hovorka is pushing at boundaries with his pioneering research, that will change lives.
His artificial pancreas was listed in the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) list of 70 discoveries that have transformed the way the NHS works, to tie in with the NHS’s 70th birthday.
Nominated by: Janet Allen