On February 8, Her Royal Highness (HRH) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility in Cambridge, England, where she met with leading type 1 diabetes (T1D) researchers to learn more about T1D and the research funded by JDRF to cure, treat, and prevent the disease.
During her visit, HRH met with Timothy Tree, Ph.D., an immunologist investigating the underlying causes of the autoimmune attack that leads to T1D. She also met with Roman Hovorka, Ph.D., principal research associate in pediatrics at the University of Cambridge, who works on artificial pancreas development and testing; and with David B. Dunger, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Cambridge and a principal investigator of the Adolescent Type 1 Diabetes Cardio-Renal Intervention Trial (AdDIT).
In addition to the scientists, HRH spoke with actor Jeremy Irvine, the star of Steven Spielberg’s new film, Warhorse. Diagnosed with T1D at age six, Jeremy has participated in two clinical trials of artificial pancreas systems, in 2005 and 2007. He explained the benefits of current and developing technologies—like the artificial pancreas—in managing the daily burden of T1D. Jeremy is pictured above left with: Hannah Day, 16, another participant in Dr. Hovorka’s artificial pancreas trial; HRH; and Dr. Hovorka.