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A spoonful of medicine to make the sugar go down - Professor Joan Taylor, DMU

Professor Joan Taylor, Professor from the School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University gives her inaugural lecture.

Professor Joan Taylor and her team of researchers are engaged in an exciting new project, the INsmart programme, which aims to influence the management of diabetes, by ensuring that the patient receives the precise dose of insulin necessary at any given time, based on their tissue glucose levels. To achieve this degree of precision will make significant improvements to the quality of life and general wellbeing of diabetics. Professor Taylor and her team are working to develop a self regulating, glucose sensitive device, for the delivery of insulin – a kind of artificial pancreas. The project has its roots in working with patients in end stage renal disease, who have been affected by diabetes. The goal remains a novel treatment for diabetes mellitus, to counter the complications produced by the inadequate insulin regiments experienced by many diabetics.

Professor Taylor was educated as a pharmacist at (the now) Brighton University, King’s College, London University and Nottingham University. Her pre-registration year was spent in Essex hospitals and then following a brief spell at Maidstone Hospital, Joan became Chief Pharmacist at St Paul's Hospital, London (now part of University College Hospital).

After leaving hospital pharmacy and gaining a masters and then, in 1983, a doctorate at Nottingham,
Joan joined The School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University, focusing on teaching and developing a research interest. Joan has always believed that pharmacists should be scientists, something that she actively promotes as a part of the curriculum of the pharmaceutical programmes here at DMU.


Professor Joan Taylor | talks


Date and Time:

30 April 2009 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



The Queens Building, De Montfort University
De Montfort University
The Gateway
0116 257 7452

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