Swansea University Researcher Wins International Funding for Pioneering Diabetes Care


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The pioneering work of Swansea University researcher, Dr Olivia McCarthy, has earned a major funding grant of £67,000 from the Danish Diabetes Association.

Dr McCarthy, who leads University’s  Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM)  research programme, is currently collaborating with the Diabetes Technology Research at the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen. With her Team, Dr McCarthy is investigating the latest artificial pancreas technology in people with type 1 diabetes who are performing exercise.

The funding will allow postgraduate research fellow Dr McCarthy to continue with the SMART study, which is aimed at helping to develop guidelines for people living with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely using the newest insulin pumps.

The pioneering work of Swansea University researcher, Dr Olivia McCarthy, has earned a major funding grant of £67,000 from the Danish Diabetes Association.

Dr McCarthy, who leads University’s  Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM)  research programme, is currently collaborating with the Diabetes Technology Research at the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen. With her Team, Dr McCarthy is investigating the latest artificial pancreas technology in people with type 1 diabetes who are performing exercise.

The funding will allow postgraduate research fellow Dr McCarthy to continue with the SMART study, which is aimed at helping to develop guidelines for people living with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely using the newest insulin pumps.

Dr McCarthy commented: ‘We hope that the information that we get from this will help people use their pumps safely and manage their glucose appropriately and in doing so empower them to get the benefit of exercise.

Now when people want to do exercise with family or friends, they must think way in advance and become a mathematician and a dietitian. I hope that we will get to a point where we can remove all these stresses so people can exercise freely without the burdens and barriers that come along with diabetes.’

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