Research that Improves Care for Children
By Dr. Marius George Linguraru, Principal Investigator at our Sheikh Zayed Institute
I’ve always been fascinated by the challenge of researching pediatric health. I was elated nine years ago at the opportunity to join Children’s National Hospital, where I could focus my investigations on quantitative imaging and artificial intelligence for pediatric innovation. Our inventors have produced an explosion of advancements in pediatric health, such as facial analysis software that can detect serious genetic conditions such as Down, DiGeorge or Williams syndromes with a smartphone app and a photo instead of blood tests.
This technology uses facial measurements such as the size of the nose and the angle of the eyes to pinpoint children who might be at risk and offer earlier treatment. It’s the future of the field.
My work these days is all about how to detect problems before a child has symptoms. We’re looking at newborns’ faces, brains, abdomens and chests with our quantitative imaging and machine learning technologies. Predicting their health risks means an opportunity for earlier, life-saving treatments and fewer emergency situations in the future. What better investment is there than in children?