"Using face-matching technology to help parents searching for a diagnosis for their child."

For Parents

FaceMatch aims to help people with a possible genetic condition find a diagnosis by matching their facial features with people who already have a diagnosis.

All people are beautifully unique in their appearance, and some people with genetic conditions share similar facial features. These features can sometimes provide a clue to diagnosis.

FaceMatch uses advanced facial recognition software to create a map of your child's face that can then be used in two ways:

1: Already have a diagnosis?
  • You can help other people who are still searching for a diagnosis by uploading your son or daughter’s photograph into FaceMatch.
  • Adults with a known diagnosis (either clinically diagnosed or diagnosed through genetic testing) are also invited to upload photos of themselves.
  • These photos will help the facial recognition software to identify other people in the FaceMatch project who may have the same condition.
  • This could help another person find a diagnosis.

2: Searching for a diagnosis?
  • The FaceMatch team will work with you and your doctor to try and find a diagnosis.
  • Uploading photos into FaceMatch will enable the computer to see if the facial features match any other faces already in FaceMatch.
  • Your search for a diagnosis may become clearer if a match is found.
  • Matching facial features of people who don’t yet have a diagnosis can also help doctors find new genes.



The process is simple?
  • Click the register button.
  • Take some photos (front of face, side of face, feet and hands)
  • Upload the photos along the requested details.
  • Add the email address of your Doctor (if you have it); so they can do the rest of the work! (If you don’t have your Doctor’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 submit to complete.

Registering in FaceMatch takes around 5-10 minutes.


How does FaceMatch work?

Diagnosis

Diagnosis

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 disability

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Matching Faces

Matching Faces

Matching children with similar facial features may help identify the genetic cause of their significant developmental delay or intellectual disability.

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FaceMatch Technology

FaceMatch Technology

The FaceMatch Project uses computer vision technology to match the faces of individuals from around the world.

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Participation

Participation

The project will be inviting individuals with diagnosed or undiagnosed significant developmental delay or intellectual disability to participate following informed parental consent.

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Information

Information

Parents and doctors/genetic counsellor can provide medical and genetic information.

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Email Contact

Email Contact

Parents will be asked to provide an email contact for the clinical geneticist/medical specialist who cares for their son or daughter.

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Online Privacy and Security

Online Privacy and Security

Information and facial images will be securely stored.

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Facial Match

Facial Match

If a high probability match is made, doctors/genetic counsellors can arrange to meet the parents to discuss the possible significance of the match.

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Doctor/Genetic Counsellor-only Participation

Doctor/Genetic Counsellor-only Participation

Your doctor/genetic counsellor can provide information and photographs of your child on your behalf.

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