The young researcher prize won by an Indian student Saanvi Mehra at the EAPS congress in Barcelona, ​​Spain


Saanvi Mehra and her partner Aarna Malhotra have developed an app based on research done for the early detection of Down syndrome in children New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsSee) Saanvi Mehra, a Class XII student at Shriram Millennium School, Noida has done ground breaking clinical research to identify Down syndrome at an early stage through the AI ​​powered app using a photograph. This research has been highly regarded and awarded with some of the most prestigious accolades and also published in some of the most reputable medical journals. Winner of the “European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) Young Investigator Award” at the EAPS 2022 Congress in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Saanvi Mehra has paved the way for more groundbreaking work in the field of early detection and management of Down syndrome. His research work has stood out among thousands of research papers submitted by postgraduate physicians (MD/DM) and medical students around the world. The prestigious prize also carries a cash prize of 1500 euros. Leveraging smartphone penetration in India, Saanvi, along with partner Aarna Malhotra, has successfully integrated the machine learning model and AI into a mobile application that can be used by parents/ASHA workers/paramedics/ doctors by simply clicking on the image of the baby, Down syndrome can be detected with a remarkable accuracy of over 96%. The result of early detection is not only a reduction in the death rate of these children, but also a better way of life through prompt treatment. “I look forward to working closely with doctors and pediatricians so that we can save and help as many children as possible,” says Saanvi. Saanvi’s research has focused on detecting Down syndrome through graphical analysis of facial dysmorphic features in ethnicity/racial outlining newborns – an AI/ML-based approach. Saanvi has been working on this subject for almost three years under the supervision of Dr. Somashekhar Nimbalkar and has published his work in the Journal of Neonatology (36(3) 199–205, 2022) with Dr. Ankur Sethi, Dr. Ratna Puri and the Dr Binoy Shah. This project has won several awards/recognitions including Google Code to Learn (National Winner), IRIS (Top 100 Projects in India) and Technovation (Top 5 Apps in India). A patent has been filed for intellectual property protection and Saanvi aspires for this technology to reach millions of parents for free and save the lives of tens of millions of children. This is a unique example of combining technology and medicine with breakthrough results. AI/ML for Health Foundation: The AIML4Health Foundation is a public and charitable trust created by Saanvi to leverage technology for innovations in medicine. The objectives of this foundation are to fund clinical trials/validation of projects undertaken using AI/ML, to undertake implementation/roll-out across India after successful clinical validation and to to institute a prize to encourage children to imagine, innovate and implement breakthrough technologies to Solve problems – with a focus on rural India. The trust has also received ethics committee approval to postpone clinical validations of the Down syndrome detection project. Subject to successful clinical validations, the Trust will support further deployment and adoption of the mobile app/technology across India. This will require the participation of participants from the public and private sectors, including district administration, ASHA workers, public and private hospitals, etc. The European Academy of Paediatrics Congress 2022 The congress is organized by the three main European societies: the European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP), the European Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) and the European Society for Pediatric Intensive Care and neonatal (ESPNIC). The combined efforts and talents of the best and brightest minds in pediatrics make this bi-annual event a major and leading educational and research platform, bringing the latest scientific advances and providing the latest knowledge and tools that physicians can contribute. to their patients. A central feature of the Congress are the presentations of scientific papers from all areas of pediatric medicine and child health from young and future stars of pediatrics. These presentations facilitate lively debates, thoughtful conversations and fruitful collaborations, taking the future of patients and the specialty of pediatrics to the next level. Credits:

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