I met a dr about a month ago with is working on the artificial pancreas. Apparently they are currently working on for in-hospital patients, both diabetic and non-diabetic. He explained it to me and presented a slide show, and while it was pretty cool and seemed to be headin in a good direction, it was only for the hospital. It measures glucose levels in patients and then reacts, expecially during surgeries so that the patient has a better chance of survival and recovery. According to him, most artificial pancreas work for the individual diabetic patient has slowed and picked up for the in-hospital type. I was pretty annoyed by this news because I was under the impression that someone was close.
On the brighter side, I also met with the dr's coworkers who is diabetic and on a panel to discuss new diabetic advancements. He asked about some things that I want to see improved and he would present them to the panel and the conference (sorry I don't remember the name) and hopefully some people will pick up the project ideas. I basically just ranted about diabetes and determined that I really wanted an artificial pancreas, and CGMS and infusion set in one so I'm not sticking myself numerous times, an infusion set that can stay in for longer than 3 days, and to somehow get glucose in the pump so there dangerous lows can be treated with the press of a button. Hopefully something good will come of this in the next couple months!