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First published Thursday 12 April 2018.

Are you hypo unaware?

Children’s Diabetes Centre researchers are looking for participants to join a hybrid closed-loop study examining if an artificial pancreas can be used to improve hypoglycaemia unawareness.

“We already know that by avoiding hypos for several weeks we can improve hypoglycaemic awareness but this often means running the blood glucose levels quite high for a while,” study lead Dr Marie-Anne Burckhardt, from Princess Margaret Hospital, said.

“We want to test the use of a hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system, which has been shown to cause less hypos but without running blood glucose levels high and see if the awareness improves.”

To be eligible for the study, people need to be aged 12 to 55 years, already be on an insulin pump and have difficulty detecting when they are having a hypo.

For more information, contact Dr Burckhardt on 6229 3317 or Marie-Anne.Burckhardt@health.wa.gov.au