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Children's National advances to final round of STAT Madness

Novel facial recognition technology can diagnose rare diseases, leading to earlier treatment March 28, 2018
Stat Madness 2018

WASHINGTON–An innovation created by Children’s National Health System researchers and clinicians has advanced to the final round of the second-annual STAT Madness, a contest to spotlight breakthroughs in science and medicine. The competition is hosted by STAT, an online news outlet covering health, medicine and scientific discovery. Its timing coincides with “March Madness,” the national collegiate basketball tournament.

The biomedical version of the bracket-style competition began Feb. 26, 2018, with a field of nearly 150 nominees narrowed down by STAT journalists and editors to 64 entries – identical to the NCAA tournament bracket.  Finalists were chosen by the public and advanced through the brackets based on popular vote.

Children’s multidisciplinary team includes researchers from Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and the Rare Disease Institute and works in tandem with researchers at National Human Genome Research Institute within the National Institutes of Health. The team’s facial recognition technology has been tested in diverse patients around the world and can quickly detect a number of common genetic conditions and rare diseases, such as:

In the STAT Madness championship round, Children’s National squares off against a research team from East Carolina University. Voting concludes at 5 p.m. Friday, March 30. STAT will announce the overall winner on Monday, April 2.


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About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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