We have joined the OPEN project!

The ACBRD is collaborating with an international group to research the impact of open-source artificial pancreas systems

By Jasmine Schipp

We are excited to announce that the ACBRD has joined the OPEN Project*. The OPEN Project is an international, interdisciplinary group dedicated to investigating various aspects of open-source artificial pancreas systems (also known as ‘DIY APS’ or ‘looping’). The consortium is funded by EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program. The OPEN team aims to establish an evidence base for the clinical effectiveness and quality of life benefits of open-source artificial pancreas systems, and to identify barriers to wider uptake. 

The OPEN team includes advocates, healthcare professionals, and researchers from organisations such as University College Dublin, Charité, Steno Diabetes Center, Dedoc, AndroidAPS, OpenAPS, and the University of Copenhagen. This diverse group is novel in that it is led by people with diabetes, some of whom are using an open-source artificial pancreas system themselves.

The OPEN Project consists of five work packages, which are focussed on different areas. Dr Christel Hendrieckx, Professor Jane Speight and Jasmine Schipp have joined Work Package 2. The ACBRD team is collaborating on this work package to investigate quality of life and psychosocial benefits associated with using an open-source artificial pancreas system.

The ACBRD team is excited to be collaborating with this group to conduct important research into the future of diabetes technology and how it is being used – this research has real potential to generate new knowledge and improve the lives of people with diabetes (whether or not they choose to build their own systems).

You can read more about the OPEN Project on their website.

To read more about research on open-source artificial pancreas systems, check out our previous blogs on this topic:

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* The OPEN Project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.

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