High school student develops artificial pancreas

Assumption High School Grade 10 student Sohila Sidhu presents her science project. (Provided by the WECDSB)

A student from Assumption High School is participating in the Canada-Wide Science Fair this week after developing an artificial pancreas.

Sohila Sidhu developed the prototype as part of her Grade 10 science project to help people living with diabetes.

“It administers insulin allowing blood glucose levels to be returned back to normal,” she explains, “and once they are back to normal, it stops administering insulin because it’s not needed anymore.”

She was one of six students from Windsor-Essex selected to take part in the national science fair after presenting her project at the Windsor Regional Science Technology and Engineering Fair.

Sidhu said she hopes to continue to work on the prototype so that it can be used to help diabetes patients one day.

“I would like to make this produce bio-compatible,” said Sidhu. “I would like to make this nano-scaled, I would like to do animal testing, measure the efficiency. Many other different things can be done with this product so it could be ready for real-life applications.”

The Canada-Wide Science Fair is being held virtually May 16-20 from Fredericton, New Brunswick.