Robotic Vacuum Intervention for Environmental Exposures

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Duke University, Durham, NC
Environmental Exposures
Robotic Vacuum - Other
Any Age
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Study Summary

This project will evaluate new approaches to quantify and reduce chemical exposures from common building materials, with an emphasis on plastic additives, pesticides, flame retardants and lead in addition to other environmental contaminants. The objective of this project is to develop methods to quantify and reduce chemical exposures from the home environment using approaches that are adaptable and customizable to individuals and households. To achieve this goal investigators will: 1) Identify the types of building materials and housing characteristics associated with higher levels of exposure to different classes of contaminants; 2) Assess the effectiveness of a simple robotic vacuuming intervention for reducing exposure to a range of indoor contaminants; and 3) Evaluate a new wearable silicone wristband for monitoring exposure to lead and other metals.

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

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Study Objectives

1 Primary · 0 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Participation will last through study completion, an average of 9 weeks

Week 9
Change in Environmental Chemical Exposures

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

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Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

No Intervention
1 of 2
Robotic Vacuum Intervention
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

150 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Robotic Vacuum Intervention · No Placebo Group · N/A

Robotic Vacuum Intervention
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Robotic Vacuum · Intervention Types: Other
No InterventionNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: No Intervention · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: participation will last through study completion, an average of 9 weeks
Closest Location: Duke University · Durham, NC
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2004First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Environmental Exposures
523 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age Any Age · Female Participants · 2 Total Inclusion Criteria

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About The Reviewer

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Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.