Scientist, water, team in the field

Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease

The Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) is a collaborative translational research team working closely with academic, non-profit and private industry partners around the world to facilitate the development and sustainable deployment of novel technology-based solutions for critical health and environmental challenges.

Our research ranges from the design, engineering, and field testing of onsite waste treatment technologies to the exploration of sensors, diagnostics, and machine learning to detect pre-symptomatic disease at the individual and community level. 

To achieve our mission, we

  • Emphasize cross-disciplinary expertise and partnerships.
  • Work along a continuum from basic and translational science to prototyping, field testing, and commercialization.
  • Embrace a user-centered philosophy in all stages of research and development.
  • Seek to promote equity and justice with inclusive and transformative solutions.
Brian with Reclaimer Technology

SPOTLIGHT

Why are we using drinking water to flush our toilets?

In many places, including the U.S., up to 25% of potable household water is used to flush the toilet. Contrast this with the estimate that only about 5% of our potable water is used for drinking, and one has to wonder (as we do) if there isn't a better approach in a world of increasing drought, [...]

Recent News

Toilet paper roll with camera lens

September 24, 2021 | The Guardian

The smart toilet era is here! Are you ready to share your analprint with big tech?

Loo design has barely changed in 150 years - until now. Will people trade their privacy for the chance to find out exactly what is in their waste?

September 7, 2021 | Wall Street Journal

Smartwatches Track Our Health. Smart Toilets aren't too far behind.

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.

Toilet with wi-fi signal

August 24, 2021

Stool Image Analysis for Precision Health Monitoring by Smart Toilets

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 on the project includes [...]