Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic disease that is currently incurable and affects millions of people of all ages and backgrounds. Patients with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels several times a day and dose their insulin injections correctly, anticipating the combined effects of physical activity, food, emotions, medication, fatigue, travel, etc. Insulin therapy therefore requires a permanent mental load for patients and their loved ones, especially for partners or parents of diabetic children.

Therapeutic patient education

TPE is the process of promoting the acquisition of skills necessary for appropriate and safe self-management of the disease. TPE have been scientifically validated and have been shown to be effective in reducing patient complications. Unfortunately, current TPE systems are expensive, reach a small number of patients, and their beneficial effects tend to disappear after 2 to 4 years. By adapting TPE to the online world, we overcome these issues.

Theoretical knowledge

An online course, made of 60+ short videos and as many animated summaries, addresses all the major issues related to the disease and its daily management.

Calibrated exercises and sharing

A mobile app allows patients to perform calibrated exercises and record blood glucose levels and activity under different experimental conditions. They can participate in group challenges.

Added value

  • For healthcare organizations: hundred-fold increase in reached users; reduced healthcare costs
  • For patients and families: empowerement; improved quality of life; understanding of their personal response
  • For Real-world evidence industry: data collected in real environment (no hospital bias); data collected following protocols

Previous projects

Massive Open Online Research Exercises

MOOREs are real research activities that are integrated into online courses such as MOOCs. Participants are invited to add tags, annotate, decipher, analyse, classify or complete large databases of documents. When consensus is reached on these documents, the enriched database can be further used by scientists. Randomly included test documents as well as consensus algorithms allow verification of each participant’s performance.

Research enhances online teaching

By engaging in research, MOOC participants better understand the theoretical concepts seen in the MOOC. They are hands-on with real data, and better understand how to enrich that data. In a world where "post-truth" is gaining traction, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and ethical and scientifical awareness all are becoming crucial skills.

Above all else, doing real research and potentially making discoveries is so much more exciting than filling out a multiple-choice questionnaire!

Teaching enhances online research

Unlike traditional citizen science participants, MOOC students acquire a solid base of knowledge on the course subject. Researchers therefore benefit from the input of strongly motivated and knowledgable people who can tackle advanced research topics.

Who we are

Ayaru is a spin-off of the University of Geneva and MMOS

University of Geneva

Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions and belongs to the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. It offers more than 290 degrees in a very wide variety of topics.

Massively Multiplayer Online Science

MMOS connects scientific research and video games as a seamless gaming experience. Research tasks completely integrated with game mechanics, narrative and visuals open up a new channel between the gamer and the scientific community. Thanks to MMOS, the players of Eve Online have classified biological images or astronomical data more than 200 millions times.

Pablo Achard

After a PhD in particle physics, Pablo did research in computational neurosciences. Since 2009, he works at the University of Geneva’s Rectorate where he is in charge, among others, of strategic planning and foresight. In this position, he developed the university MOOC program in 2013.

Attila Szantner

Attila has 20 years of IT background running his company Virgo Sytems Ltd creating custom-tailored IT solutions. He was a co-founder of iWiW in 2002, which was the biggest social networking site in Hungary with 4.7 million users at its height before Facebook.

Bernard Revaz

Bernard holds a PhD in physics from the University of Geneva and spent 15 years in physics research at the University of Geneva, University of California and EPFL. Later he founded Sensima Inspection in the field of non-destructive testing.