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2015/2016 Projects

Hypo Help aims to develop a portable product that educates the public on what to do if they encounter a person with diabetes experiencing severe low blood sugar.

This innovative product would be largely audio-visual, making it more specific and easily digested than the abundance of written information on diabetes management. The audio-visual aspect could allow the product to cross the language barrier and, consequently, allow its use internationally. The potential impact on the wider community includes preventing hospitalisation due to severe low blood sugar locally, nationally and internationally; and preventing the substantial health economic burden and the development of conditions, e.g. cardiovascular disease, associated with severe low blood sugar.

Project Team & Links

Lead student partners:  Sam Hickey
Lead staff partner:  Dr. Ray Butler

Student partners:
Sam Hickey
Christopher Todd
Lisa-Marie Browne
Staff partners:
Dr. Ray Butler

Project Updates

We took delivery of the lens this week! While waiting for the lens etc., we have tested the app against a calibrated Sky Quality Monitor (SQM) device under clear skies and found the response to be fairly reliable. Some individual phones do seem to need the sensitivity calibration adjustment with the app to be tweaked. This is useful data.

App usage was almost impossible through the winter months due to the extremely cloudy weather (December for example had a record low number of sunshine hours by day, and a correspondingly low number of clear hours at night). We also require a minimal moon phase for best results. Things have obviously improved as we headed into spring.

Regarding student volunteers, we were overly optimistic re. the hundreds of students who join AstroSoc at the start of the year translating into large numbers of active members. What we now need is a revitalised student recruitment drive, looking beyond AstroSoc members to the University overall.