Monday, January 14, 2013

Crowdfunding spotlight: A simple photo can diagnose Down syndrome

A photo can say a thousand words. But can one photo help doctors diagnose Down syndrome?

Researchers at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation are working on a program that could diagnose Down syndrome immediately after birth with non-invasive automated facial recognition software.

The early detection of Down syndrome has a huge impact on the prevention of potentially life threatening complications including heart conditions. If suspected Down syndrome can be diagnosed early, no matter where a child is geographically located, immediate preventative measures could be introduced that might save his or her life. The current standard, genetic testing, can be severely limited by geography, cost of the testing, and access to physician expertise. If successful, this software could change all of that.

This project is one of four that are taking part in a pilot crowdfunding platform at Children's National. From now until January 31, 2013, anyone with an interest in funding research toward a specific goal in children's health can contribute any dollar amount they see fit, even as little as $1, to the projects they care most about. Please visit www.ChildrensNational.org/crowdfunding to learn more. If you like what you see, please share this link or Like us on Facebook.