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September 7, 2021 | Wall Street Journal
The next frontier of at-home health tracking is flush with data: the toilet. Researchers and companies are developing high-tech toilets that go beyond adding smart speakers or a heated seat. These smart facilities are designed to look out for signs of gastrointestinal disease, monitor blood pressure or tell you that you need to eat more fish, all from the comfort of your personal throne.
August 24, 2021
We're excited to share that our latest Smart Toilet research on stool image analysis using machine learning has been published in the Proceedings of Machine Learning Research following the 2021 Machine Learning for Healthcare conference. The interdisciplinary team working [...]
July 15, 2021 | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
Every bowel movement is rich in information about our digestive health. So, why do we literally flush all that data down the drain? At the 2021 virtual Digestive Disease Week, Duke University gastroenterologist Deborah Fisher, MD, and engineering professor Sonia Grego, PhD [...]
July 13, 2021 | The Wall Street Journal
Analyzing poop is an important way to prevent and diagnose gastrointestinal diseases, but the taboo around collecting it can make screening challenging, according to a 2014 study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Smart toilets could help change that.
May 25, 2021 | SciTechDaily
An artificial intelligence tool under development at Duke University can be added to the standard toilet to help analyze patients’ stool and give gastroenterologists the information they need to provide appropriate treatment, according to research that was selected for [...]
May 25, 2021 | Duke Today
An artificial intelligence tool being developed by Duke scientists can be added to the standard toilet to help analyze patients’ stool and give gastroenterologists the information they need to provide appropriate treatment for chronic issues such as inflammatory bowel [...]
April 6, 2021 | Duke University Bass Connections
Jin Zhou (Ph.D. Student) and Bridget Eklud (J.D. Student) are the winners of the 2021 Bass Connections Award for Outstanding Mentorship. Zhou's research focuses on the intersection of machine learning and health data science, and he has been working with several undergradue [...]
January 21, 2021 | Pratt School of Engineering
Resourceful undergraduates dove into a Bass Connections project aiming to improve GI heath, designing an automated test strip dispenser for their team.
October 13, 2020
The gut is like a reclusive celebrity: everyone is talking about her (the microbiome!), but we rarely catch a glimpse. Enter the Smart Toilet: a technology designed to capture data regarding individual health through precision analysis of wastewater coming out of toilet, [...]
July 30, 2020
#Poop4Science has launched! Or, if we’re being official, “Crowdsourcing of Stool Images for Algorithm Development” - a research study led by Sonia Grego, PhD, Director of the Duke Smart Toilet Lab and Deborah Fisher, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology [...]
May 18, 2020 | BBC CrowdScience
Despite being a universal need, talking about our toilet use and the infrastructure that aids us remains somewhat taboo. Whilst sectors like telecommunications and computing have undergone rapid transformations over the past century, the flush toilet and wastewater system [...]
February 3, 2020
Some of the most important information about our health comes from an unexpected and decidedly icky source. Our daily excreta (yes, the feces and urine we flush away every day) can actually tell us a lot about our health and help us monitor our bodies for disease. However, [...]
September 20, 2019
Fueled by Bojangles and coffee, the early-rising Bass Connections team started the day by discussing the Bristol Stool Chart, thixotropicity (a time dependent shear-thinning property - think ketchup), and the benefits of working with miso paste as a surrogate for human [...]
September 10, 2019
“If you build it, they will come” is a great line for a movie but a terrible business approach. Impactful innovation needs to deliver what the market really needs. Eric Levitan and Doug Calahan are C-suite executives, Duke Alumni, long-time advisors and collaborators on the [...]
September 6, 2019
Bass Connections students Jacob, Jackson, Tess, Claire, Megan, and Kaivalya were here bright and early on Friday, August 30, for their first team meeting as part of their 2019-2020 Bass Connections project - "The Smart Toilet: A disruptive technology to improve health and wellness." The team will spend the year researching the Duke "Smart Toilet" - a device enabling the hands-free collection and packaging of human excreta to test and monitor wellness and disease. Welcome!
August 5, 2019
Our daily excreta – feces and urine – can tell us a lot about our health, but, so far, testing has been under-developed for precision health monitoring. Part of the problem is the collection process. A newly funded Bass Connections project team is looking to change that. Geoff Ginsburg, director of the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine and the MEDx Initiative, has partnered with the Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) for the Smart Toilet: A disruptive technology to improve health and wellness Bass Connections project.