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Inventor of the insulin pump inspires diabetes students

Posted on 1 February 2016

Professor talks to students about the history and evolution of insulin pumps

Professor John Pickup, inventor of the first insulin pump and Emeritus Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism at King’s College, London, recently visited the Department of Health Sciences to talk to students on the Advancing Technologies in Diabetes Care module. Professor Pickup spoke about the history and evolution of insulin pumps up to the present day.

Professor Pickup's clinical and research interests are in the development of novel technology for the improved management of diabetes, starting from the development of insulin pump therapy, through to In Vivo Glucose Sensors.  John  has received a number of research awards, including the R D Lawrence Lectureship of Diabetes UK and the Banting Award of Diabetes UK to name but a few.

Without John’s work, research and tenacity, the progression of development in type 1 diabetes and insulin pump therapy that is available around the world would not have been achieved.

Anne Phillips, Senior Lecturer in Diabetes, said: “Professor John Pickup offered an inspirational visionary talk to the students on the history and evolution of insulin technologies and, as a module team, we are delighted at the success of this module and the transformation in the thinking of students that we have observed regarding advancing diabetes care.”