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Princeton University Student Lands Grant To Further Develop An iPhone Application For Diabetes Management

Posted Aug 25 2009 6:27pm
Matthew Connor, a Princeton University junior majoring in operations research and financial engineering, in conjunction with his brother Michael, has developed an iPhone application that can help diabetics manage their disease. His efforts have landed him a $100,000 grant to to expand the project.

Connor won second place in the Prize for Primary Healthcare competition from the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), a nonprofit consortium of Boston teaching hospitals and engineering schools that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration to rapidly improve patient care. The prize was made available through the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust, which will support the annual award for five years.

"I was kind of overwhelmed realizing the other finalists were almost all Ph.D. students," he said. "But I felt pretty confident, because what I was doing made sense and fit the criteria of the competition spot on."

The app is called ISLET -- after the pancreatic islet cells that produce insulin. It will help diabetics keep records of food intake, insulin doses and blood sugar levels among other things. In this day and age when mobile phones appear to be permanently attached to people, it sounds like a good idea.

It's an article worth reading and it can be seen
here.

Thanks to one of our patients (JD) for sending the article

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