Professor Ali Momeni Receives UPMC Enterprises Grant for Gut-Sound Research

Associate Professor of Art Ali Momeni and Prof. of Social and Decision Science George Loewenstein received a grant from UPMC Enterprises, leading a research project to develop a device to capture and analyze sounds in the human gut and their connection to activities in the body and the mind.

Administered by CMU’s Center for Machine Learning and Health, Momeni and Loewenstein’s project received a $414K grant from UPMC Enterprises. The grant supports the development of a device to capture and analyze bowel sounds, and methodologies for investigating their connection to activities in the body and the mind. Principal investigators Momeni and Loewenstein will work with co-investigators Rich Stern (ECE), Valerie Ventura (Statistics), Max G’sell (Statistics) and medical experts from UPMC to gain insight into the highly uncharted territory of the grammar of bowl sounds and to lay the groundwork for the new field of psychogasteroenterology.

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