Novel Smart Particle Shows Promise For Diabetes Management
A team of biomedical engineers at The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston has demonstrated in pre-clinical trials the feasibility of a new smart particle insulin release system that can detect spikes in glucose levels and release insulin to counteract high blood sugar. Their research reports that the nano-enabled smart particle system was able to stabilize blood sugar levels in animal tests for several hours. The study titled, â€śGlucose-sensing pulmonary delivery of human insulin to the systemic circulation of rats,â€ť was conducted in the laboratory of Ananth V. Annapragada, Ph.D., an associate professor at the UT School of Health Information Sciences. Research assistant Efstathios Karathanasis was lead author and postdoctoral fellow Rohan C. Bhavane was a contributor on the article. The teamâ€™s research has been supported by the Whitaker Foundation Bioengineering Research Grant and the Gillson-Longenbaugh Foundation.