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Contact: Mollie Busby
Riding On Insulin
Wintergreen, Virginia — Kids living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) will help researchers take a major step toward a cure with a one-of-a-kind outpatient clinical trial next week in Wintergreen, Virginia. On January 10th, sixteen kids, ages ten to eighteen, will test an Artificial Pancreas (AP) at Wintergreen Resort in a partnership with Riding On Insulin — a nonprofit organization that hosts action sports camps for kids living with T1D.
Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) developed an Artificial Pancreas (AP) system to automatically monitor and control blood sugar levels in those with T1D, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects 1.25 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The software links an insulin pump with a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor to automate insulin delivery in a manner that prevents dangerous blood sugar highs and lows in people with T1D.
Kids will ski and snowboard wearing the AP as part of this UVA clinical trial — which is funded in part by a 4 year $3 Million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) focusing on designing and testing AP systems adapted to physical activity (PI Marc Breton), and in part by philanthropic support from the Meade family and the Manning family. The NIH has provided over $13 million during the past decade to support the development of AP technology by UVA researchers, and has just announced a new $12.7M award to a UVA led consortium for a pivotal trial of artificial pancreas.
“We are so honored to provide on-snow programming for this groundbreaking study,” said Mollie Busby, Riding On Insulin Executive Director. “What an incredible opportunity for kids to be free of T1D for a week... combined with winter sports, it makes for the ultimate experience!”
Riding On Insulin founder, Sean Busby—a professional backcountry snowboarder living with T1D, will attend the week long event and snowboard along with the kids participating in the trial.
Busby is the first person with T1D to backcountry snowboard all seven continents.
Riding On Insulin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2004, based in Whitefish, Montana. With ski and snowboard programs across the United States, Canada and New Zealand, ROI empowers, activates and connects the global diabetes community through shared experience and action sports. In addition to establishing a comfortable environment, the organization strives to help families explore new passions, challenge T1D, and celebrate each other’s successes. For more, visit http://RidingOnInsulin.org.