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Elouisa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011. With hypoglycaemic unawareness she has a history of peacefully sleeping through blood glucose levels as low as 1.5 mmol/L. 

Earlier in the year, a research trial coordinated by the University of Cambridge and funded solely by JDRF, demonstrated for the first time globally that unsupervised use of the artificial pancreas overnight can be safe.

Elouisa is one of many brave children who took part in two overnight hospital trials of the system in 2013. 

Her mum Marisa wanted to share their experience with you: 'We were genuinely surprised by how well the algorithm managed to iron out the peaks and troughs. It quickly controlled levels to the extent that Elouisa ran between 4 and 7 mmol/L for the majority of the time, just like someone without type 1. And for once I managed a full night’s sleep whilst the system took over! This research has given us so much hope for the future, we look to the artificial pancreas for the chance that there might be an end to our fears in sight.'

Dr Roman Hovorka, Director of Research at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories said: 'The artificial pancreas is expected to transform treatment of type 1 diabetes. We’ve shown that overnight home use is feasible and beneficial and there are no fundamental ‘known unknowns’ with the technology.'

The artificial pancreas is a matter of when, not if. The more money we raise together, the faster that day comes. During this year a number of home trials will be testing the technology in a real environment with different age groups and expectant mums.

We’re so very close so please help us take the next step. Can you make a gift of £25 today to help JDRF’s vital work and bring technology like this to market sooner? If you’re able to support us today, it could make a life changing difference to our children.

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Giving the gift of type 1 diabetes research

JDRF makes contributing to type 1 diabetes research easy. Your generous donation will help us fund world-class research that will make a huge difference to people with type 1 diabetes. By making a single donation, a regular contribution or leaving a legacy to us in your Will, you’ll help change lives. Find out how to donate below. 

Ways of giving to JDRF to fund diabetes research