To celebrate my birthday, I am raising money for Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research at Mount Sinai. Many of you know that my son Maxwell was recently diagnosed with T1D, and we are committed to fundraising for groundbreaking research that could improve the lives of all those suffering from T1D.
Your gift will support Dr. Carol Levy's Artificial Pancreas Research Program. Under the leadership of Dr. Levy, the Artificial Pancreas Research Program Team is studying one of the most promising breakthroughs in T1D treatment in decades. In September 2016, the FDA approved the first artificial pancreas, Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G. An artificial pancreas, otherwise known as a closed loop system, consists of an insulin pump and glucose monitor all controlled by a computer the size of a smart phone or housed in the insulin pump. The artificial pancreas monitors the patient’s blood sugar on a minute-by-minute basis, thereby reducing the burden of constant monitoring and self-management. The system has already proven to greatly reduce episodes of both low and high blood sugars.
The goal of the artificial pancreas research lead by Dr. Levy at Mount Sinai is to provide patients with a choice of devices, beyond the MiniMed 670G, that will best fit their healthcare needs. Dr. Levy and her team collaborate with top-tier institutions locally and internationally to enhance the pumps, sensors, and software so that patients will have a choice of devices that work best for people at different ages and stages of their disease.
Thank you for your support, and I hope to see you on May 5th!