An Indian student has won the Young Investigator Award at The European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP)’ Congress in Barcelona, Spain for her research that helps identify Down Syndrome in early stages through an AI powered App by using a photograph.
Class 12 student from Noida, Saanvi Mehra’s ground breaking research has received some of the most prestigious accolades and also published across some of the most reputed medical journals.
It may be interesting to note that Mehra’s research was chosen for the prize among thousands of research papers submitted by postgraduate doctors (MD / DM) and medical students from across the world. The prestigious award also carries a Euro 1500 cash award.
Mehra along with her partner Aarna Malhotra, integrated Machine Learning model and AI in a mobile application which can be used by parents, ASHA (healthcare) workers, paramedics and doctors, just by clicking the picture of the baby, to detect Down Syndrome with an accuracy of over 96 percent.
The app, for which a patent has been filed, detects the syndrome by graphical analysis of facial dysmorphic features in new-born children. Speaking of her future plans for the app, Mehra said, “I look forward to working closely with doctors and paediatricians so we can save and help as many children as possible.”