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Which one of the following innovations do you think is most likely in 2009?


Continuous glucose sensing in general use






Closed loop sensing and insulin pumps available






A breakthrough in islet cell transplantation






A breakthrough in halting the autoimmunity






A breakthrough in finding the cause of type 1






Something else






No real change from today






Total votes: 324


Which one of the following innovations do you think is most likely in 2009?

Poll dates: December 31, 2008 - January 7, 2009
Total Votes: 324

Doctors, scientists, and engineers in academia, government, and industry are working hard to develop a cure for type 1 diabetes, to find ways to prevent it, and to develop better tools to improve treatment. Throughout the year, we report on the progress of this work through our weekly What's New email newsletter. To close out 2008, we thought we'd ask our readers what they thought 2009 would bring.

Continuous glucose sensors became commercially available in 2006. Just under half of our readers -- 40% -- believe that these sensors will be in general use in 2009.

With preliminary studies showing that closed loop systems can work, a small number of our readers -- 10% -- think we'll see a closed loop system available.

On the biological side, 12% think that 2009 will lead to some advancement, either in islet cell transplantation, halting autoimmunity, or in finding the cause for type 1 diabetes, down from 16% in 2009.

Finally, one in three of you -- 33% -- think that nothing much will change in 2009.

We ran a similar poll in December 2006 and December 2007.

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