The cause of intellectual disability (ID) is mostly genetic. However, up to 70 percent of people with ID remain without a diagnosis despite having had genetic testing.
Although genetic changes causing ID can be inherited from one or both parents, ID often occurs for the first time in a child.
Many people with ID have facial features which can provide a clue to diagnosis.
FaceMatch uses Imagus computer face-matching technology to match the faces of people with undiagnosed moderate to severe intellectual disability (ID).
By matching faces from around the world, we hope to be able to match people with the same rare genetic conditions.
We will also compare the faces of individuals without a diagnosis with those who have a confirmed genetic diagnosis.
As there are many genes of unknown function, comparing the genetic test results of individuals with matching facial features may lead to the discovery of new ID genes.
FaceMatch is the first research project of its kind to use computer technology to match the faces of individuals who remain undiagnosed following genetic testing.
The chance of finding a match will increase as more people participate in the FaceMatch Project.