Welcome to the FaceMatch family.
We know that the journey is long and that time is precious, so we appreciate your time spent with us.
All children are beautifully unique in their appearance, and some children with genetic conditions share similar features as part of their wonderful face. These features can sometimes provide a clue to diagnosis.
FaceMatch is here to help find a diagnosis for children with significant developmental delay or intellectual disability by matching their facial features with those children who already have a diagnosis. With a diagnosis comes a road map for the future and some small relief in the known. FaceMatch was created working with parents of children with developmental delays or intellectual disability- we know what a diagnosis means in terms of early intervention and how much it can potentially help you and your child to have some clarity in what to expect for the future.
FaceMatch uses advanced facial recognition software to create a map of your child's face that can then be used in two ways:
- Already diagnosed - your child (or adult child) will become a part of our database, hopefully leading to the diagnosis of another child with the same condition, thereby helping another child and their family.
- Undiagnosed - your search for answers may become clearer if your child is matched with the face/faces of diagnosed children in our database. Matching with other undiagnosed children can also help doctors find new developmental genes. The FaceMatch team will work with you and your doctor in the search for a diagnosis.
The process is simple-click the register button, take some lovely pics (front of face, side of face, feet and hands), upload them along with your child’s details, and then, if you have it, add the email address of your Doctor/Genetic Counsellor; so they can do the rest of the work! If you don’t have your Doctor/Genetic Counsellor’s email, please don’t worry- we can help you out. Just leave the space blank and we can contact you to work through this next step. Don’t forget to click on register to complete. This takes around 5-10 minutes.
Further information about the FaceMatch process is below.
The aim of the FaceMatch Project is to improve the chance of obtaining a genetic diagnosis for children with significant developmental delay and people with intellectual disabilityRead more
Matching children with similar facial features may help identify the genetic cause of their significant developmental delay or intellectual disability.Preview consent form
The FaceMatch Project uses computer vision technology to match the faces of individuals from around the world.Read more
The project will be inviting individuals with diagnosed or undiagnosed significant developmental delay or intellectual disability to participate following informed parental consent.Read more
Parents and doctors/genetic counsellor can provide medical and genetic information.Read more
Parents will be asked to provide an email contact for the clinical geneticist/medical specialist who cares for their son or daughter.Read more
Information and facial images will be securely stored.Read more
If a high probability match is made, doctors/genetic counsellors can arrange to meet the parents to discuss the possible significance of the match.Read more
Your doctor/genetic counsellor can provide information and photographs of your child on your behalf.Read more