Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh

School of Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia

Kourosh worked at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia for 18 years before joining the University of New South Wales as a professor. His research interests include sensors, nanotechnology, materials science, electronics, gastroenterology and medical devices. Kourosh has co-authored over 375 highly cited manuscripts. He is a member of the editorial boards of many prestigious journals including Applied Materials Today, ACS Sensors, and Nano-Micro Letters. Kourosh has received many national and international awards including the 2017 IEEE Sensor Council Achievement and the 2018 American Chemical Society (ACS) Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award for his achievements in the fields of sensors.

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Sensing the gut’s state of health.  The ingestible device that’s set to transform gut health monitoring and diagnosis

Ingestible sensors have been hailed as the next big thing in human health monitoring and diagnostics.  Among the first is a low-cost human gas sensing capsule developed by Kourosh and his team to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders and assess the impact of diet on the gut.  The electronic capsule, which consists of gas sensors, micro-electronic circuits, tiny batteries and telecommunication components, does its work and then leaves the body naturally after passing through the gut.  This presentation summarises the results of animal and human trials and assesses the market potential for this breakthrough device.

  • What the capsule can tell us – from the concentration of the gut’s natural gases to internal temperature, and how the information can be used in diagnosis
  • Discovering the unknown – immune system performance and the role of oxygen in the colon
  • Transferring information – from the gut to the smartphone, how data is collected and verified
  • Market ready? What animal and human tests tell us and how soon the capsule will be market-ready