Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a perplexing and persistent problem affecting 11 per cent of the world’s population.

IBS has a significant impact on the quality of life of up to one in five Australians, meaning that someone close to you today is likely to be affected by this recurring and debilitating gut disorder. The current diagnostic process is time-consuming, costly and elusive, unnecessarily clogging up our health system.

Patients are typically referred to a specialised to undergo a colonoscopy to exclude all other gut disorders. This means that many patients undergoing one of the 900,000 colonoscopies performed in Australia each year do so for no reason.

The Noisy Guts Project is the brainchild of Professor Barry Marshall. Our solution is an acoustic belt that listens, records and analyses gut noises. We use existing and proven acoustic sensing technology initially designed to pick up the sounds of termites.

Our research shows a strong correlation between gut noises and gut disorders. Our product capitalises on today’s trend of wearable technology and is supported by a smartphone app that records symptoms. Our acoustic belt works similarly to the way in which an ECG monitors your heart rate. The end result is a safe, non-invasive screening, monitoring and diagnostic tool.

Noisy Guts: treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Call for volunteers - Can your rumbling tummy tell us something?

There is existing data to indicate strong correlations between bowel sounds characteristics and gut conditions. However, we are planning a new study to gather additional sound data to help us develop the belt.

We need adult volunteers with: 

  • healthy guts,
  • a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome, or
  • a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease
to come an sit in our comfy armchairs at the Marshall Centre, relax and wear the belt. We have some weekend spots available for volunteers who work in the week. If you are interested in helping and want to find out more. Please check out our Crowd Research at UWA Participate Page.

We also need donations to help us with resources for the project.

Donations will help us build additional belts, so that we can gather vital data as soon as possible. You can support us by donating online at our Contribute Page.


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