Get to know us – Bryan Cleal

Today in our OPEN team introduction series, it is Bryan Cleal´s turn – Timothy´s colleague at Steno. Bryan will tell us about himself and his motivation to be part of the OPEN project.

Hi, my name is Bryan Cleal; I’m a Senior Researcher at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC) and a proud and happy member of the OPEN consortium.

I have lived and worked in Denmark for nearly twenty years, but originally come from the UK. I have a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University (2001) and have worked in a variety of fields and with a variety of method since then.

Throughout my studies and professional career, I have maintained a keen interest in the relationship between humans and technology in all its aspects.

My involvement with OPEN starts with a mail from Shane O’Donnell, inquiring as to whether Steno would be interested in participating in an application to the EU RISE program about DIY artificial pancreas systems (DIYAPS). Shane didn’t need to ask twice, we were very interested and continue to be interested and fascinated by what is happening in this area and what it promises for the future of diabetes care.

I am primarily involved in WP2 (WP=Work Package), where we are looking at the impact of DIYAPS on quality of life and lived experiences. Our initial data already indicates that DIYAPS can have cathartic and life changing implications, but we still need to know much more about what processes are involved here and how the positive implications of DIYAPS can be diffused even further.

The best part of being a part of the OPEN team is the team itself; it’s inspiring to work with such passionate and talented people who are both ambitious but also, more importantly, highly principled in their approach to the work we are doing.

Thank you, Bryan, for being part of our OPEN team, we are very happy to have you and your skills on board!

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