The experts with IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab help doctors diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
IU received a $125,000 grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health for ongoing research into detecting fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, a leading but preventable cause of birth defects.
IU has been engaged in the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) for more than a decade. IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) has worked with IU P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Chancellor’s Professor Tatiana Foroud from the beginning, helping her obtain and operate the technology she needs to recognize fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which can be difficult to diagnose.
“When I first decided to do this study, we wanted to use a 3D camera,” said Foroud, who is Principal Investigator of CIFASD’s 3D facial imaging core. “I’m a geneticist. This is not something I knew how to do. So I talked to the AVL here at IU, and they helped us identify the best camera to use and taught us how to use it and how to train other people to use it, so we can successfully collect images almost anywhere in the world.”