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Fighting to Control Diabetes

Fri Sep 10, 2021
For parents of a child with Type 1 diabetes, stress is relentless. There’s a constant need to monitor blood sugar levels, and that need doesn’t stop once the child goes to sleep.Professor Matt Webber ’06 was inspired when a colleague mentioned she and her husband slept in shifts while the other monitored their diabetic child through the night. Since then, he has been devising material technologies that could be easily applied on or beneath the skin before bedtime. If blood sugar drops, the material automatically releases medication to stabilize levels. While distribution is still years away, Professor Webber hopes that in the future, his work will help take some of the burden off worried parents and serve as an extra measure of safety for millions with Type 1 diabetes worldwide.Read more: