Dana Lewis is a creator of the “Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System” (#DIYPS), founder of the open source artificial pancreas system movement (OpenAPS), and a passionate advocate of patient-centered, -driven, and -designed research. The OpenAPS community now has over 4,000,000 real-world hours of experience with this technology. Her work has been referenced or featured in Nature, The Lancet, WNYC’s “Only Human” podcast, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, WebMD, Diabetes Forecast, and other mainstream media publications.
Diabetes management depends on anticipating changes in blood glucose, and dosing responses accordingly. Digestion-related gastric dynamics have a substantial impact on glucose uptake following a meal. Since there are currently no standard means of assessing gastric activity over time, precision in management of type 1 diabetes (T1D) suffers accordingly. Current clinical tools to assess gastrointestinal function can only be done in a clinical setting, and so cannot be used to capture natural meal responses in large populations in normal daily situations. We recently developed a wearable system and novel methods to track gastric activity, which will allow for rapid improvements to our understanding and significant potential to improve management of type 1 diabetes.
We are thrilled to start collaborating with her. You can read more about this work in Dana's recent blog post.