About this event

  • Date and time Thu 13 Jun 2019 from 8:45am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Endocrinology and Diabetes

Learn from a team of top specialists showcasing the advances in diabetes technology over the last few years and the psychosocial impact of the condition and its management. References in their fields such as Dr Roman Hovorka will go through advances in diabetes pumps, closed loop technology, islet transplants, advances in insulin delivery systems (e.g. gels) and keep you updated with the new researches on the topic.


Topics include updates in:

  • Diabetes pump technology over the last few years
  • Closed loop technology
  • Islet cell transplant technology
  • Insulin delivery technology
  • Psychosocial aspects & diabetes technology


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Key speakers

Joan Taylor

Speaker's biography

Prof Taylor has led the development of a totally implantable artificial pancreas for the treatment of insulin dependent diabetes and the setting up of an exercise physiology lab in DMU for the study of exercise physiology in diabetes patients.

Dr Roman Hovorka

Speaker's biography

He uses mathematical modeling to support diagnosis and treatment of metabolic diseases, using existing and developing new methods to quantify insulin sensitivity, insulin secretion, and metabolic fluxes under steady and non-steady state conditions with deterministic and stochastic modelling techniques. His interest extends to developing in silico populations to inform and complement clinical trialing. He is also developing and testing a prototype of artificial pancreas in collaboration with Professor Dunger and Dr Acerini.

Pratik Choudhary

Speaker's biography

Dr Choudhary has a particular interest in type 1 diabetes and is involved clinically and academically in diabetes education through the DAFNE program and clinical use of new technologies, particularly insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.  He is also diabetes lead for the Islet and Pancreas transplant programs at King’s. 

He has published a number of papers and international guidelines around the use of new technologies in diabetes, including closed loop systems. He understands the importance of psychology in the management of long-term conditions, especially type 1 diabetes that demands so much, and has developed a consultative style that integrates education, technology and psychology. 

Kath Barnard

Speaker's biography

She has a longstanding research interest in the psychosocial issues associated with diabetes and its management. Through this research, a greater understanding has been gained of the factors that contribute to therapy choices and quality of life; and the impact that diabetes has on both the individuals with the condition and their family members. 

Dr Barnard currently leads on psychosocial aspects within several multi-centre RCTs evaluating diabetes technologies, and is the Principal Investigator in a Diabetes UK funded study investigating ways to minimise alcohol associated risks for young adults with T1DM.  

John Pickup

John Pickup is Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism at King’s College London School of Medicine Guy’s Hospital, London, UK

Speaker's biography

Dr. Pickup received both his medical training and PhD in biochemical endocrinology at the University of Oxford. After a fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and an appointment at the Hammersmith Hospital in London he moved to Guy’s Hospital. He has also been Visiting Professor in the Dept of Physics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow since 2005. He has a long-standing interest in the development and application of novel technology for the improved management of diabetes, starting from the development of insulin pump therapy through to in vivo glucose sensors. He has authored numerous peer reviewed publications, and is the co-editor of the ‘Textbook of Diabetes’ as well as the ‘Handbook of Diabetes’ (Blackwell Publishers). He is an expert adviser on diabetes to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Karim Meeran 

Professor of Endocrinology, Deputy Director of Medical Education and Lead Clinician for Endocrinology. 

Speaker's biography

Professor Meeran qualified from the Royal Free Hospital in 1988 and trained in Endocrinology at Hammersmith Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He has established a strong clinical and educational link with the Abu Dhabi Imperial College London Diabetes Centre. He has an international reputation for the treatment of endocrine disease and has published extensively in this field. 

Tim Street

Person with Type 1 Diabetic of more than 27 years. 

Speaker's biography

He has spent his life travelling, playing cricket, taking photos, and doing loads of things. He describes himself as a technophile and think like an engineer, even if he doesn’t do a job like that anymore. In his blog, he pulls together both the Diabetes and the Technology to try and determine what is really the “art of the possible”. 


View programme

Registration, tea and coffee

Session one

Professor Ketan Dhatariya, Consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine, Hon Professor of Medicine, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Welcome and introduction to session one

Professor Ketan Dhatariya, Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Medicine Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Norwich

A history of diabetes technology

Professor John Pickup, Emeritus Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism, Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London

Treating adrenal insufficiently – Is ‘old’ the new new – or pumps aren’t limited to diabetes you know?

Professor Karim Meeran, Professor of Endocrinology, Imperial College London

Tea and coffee break
Psychosocial aspects and diabetes technology

Professor Katharine Barnard-Kelly, Health Psychologist, Bournemouth University and BHR Ltd

An update on closed loop systems

Professor Roman Hovorka, Professor of Metabolic Technology, University of Cambridge

Panel discussion

Annual General Meeting for the Endocrinology & Diabetes Section Members only

Session two

Dr Stella George

Introduction to session two

Dr Stella George, Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

An update on novel insulin delivery technologies

Professor Joan Taylor, Professor of Pharmaceutics, De Montfort University

The current state of play with islet cell transplantation

Professor Pratik Choudhary, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Diabetes, King's College London

Tea and coffee break
State of the art glucose monitoring

Professor Nick Oliver, Wynn Professor of Metabolism and Consultant Diabetologist, Imperial College London

Diabetes technology - a personal perspective

Mr Tim Street, Director, Diabettech

Panel discussion
Concluding remarks
Close of meeting and completion of online evaluation


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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