We are very close to automating the insulin pump: Dr John Pickup

The award was given in recognition of his untiring contribution to science and to the society.

Thiruvananthapuram: Dr. John Pickup from the King’s College of London, one of the pioneers of diabetes technologies and popularly known as the ‘Father of modern day insulin pump therapy’, has said that it was a long battle in exploring the right solutions to fully automate insulin delivery.

At the 6th JPEF Annual Global Convention here the other day, Dr Pickup said, “even during the earlier days of the discovery, three decades ago, when insulin was given continuously subcutaneous via a pump, there were remarkable improvements in diabetes complications affecting the kidney and the eye. This prompted further experiments which later on proved that using technologies in diabetes makes life flexible and near normal,” he added.

Dr. Robert Vigersky from Washington, USA, stated that we need to identify the right patient for the ideal treatment suited for him. It is better not to use technologies in somebody who is not interested to learn more about the disease and its management and who is poorly motivated.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Anil Bhoraskar from Mumbai highlighted the significance of laughter in clinical diabetes where the patients should feel happy and relieved after meeting a doctor.

Governor P. Sathasivam presented the prestigious ‘JPEF Stalwart Physician Award 2018’ to Dr. Arumugham Muruganathan from Tirupur.

The award was given in recognition of his untiring contribution to science and to the society.

Dr. Anjana Ranjit Mohan from Chennai was awarded the 2nd ‘P. Kesavadev JPEF Young Investigator Award’ for her original research. The award carries a cash prize of '1 lakh and medal which is the highest in India for diabetes research.

The Governor had inaugurated the two-day Jothydev’s Professional Education Forum(JPEF) Annual Global Convention, organised by Kesavadev trust, which was attended by 1,250 delegates from across the country. Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran presided over the inaugural function.

More than 100 speakers, researchers and scientists from India, USA, UK, Maldives, UAE etc., covered over 300 topics in diabetes via lectures, workshops and orations simultaneously.

JPEF organising team included Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev, Dr. Arun Shankar, Ms. Gopika Krishnan and Mrs. Sunitha Jothydev.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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