Assessing Morphology in all Dimensions: 3D Analysis of Face and Brain

For our next talk in The Phenome@BDI seminar series we will hear from Dr Michael Suttie, Researcher in Medical Image Analysis at the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, on Wednesday, 13 March, 2:00 – 3:00pm at the Big Data Institute (BDI).

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2024
Venue: Big Data Institute, Seminar Room 0

Title: Assessing Morphology in all Dimensions: 3D Analysis of Face and Brain

Abstract: Shape analysis has a variety of applications for identifying of phenotypic traits. One such application is in the identification of facial and brain morphology associated with genetic or environmentally influenced conditions. We have developed tools to analyse 3D morphology, utilising supervised and unsupervised learning methods to improve identification of syndromic conditions. One such application is fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), where the identification of facial features is key to an accurate diagnosis. Currently, the clinical assessment is reliant on a subjective identification of cardinal features where the accuracy is reliant on the skill and experience of the clinician. In this talk, we will discuss some of 3D analysis techniques developed to quantify face and brain morphology associated with genetic conditions and FASD, and explain our aims to translate these tools for clinical utility.

Dr Michael Suttie is a researcher in medical image analysis at the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford – currently funded by the NIH as a member of the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders consortium. He has an active research interest in FASD, in particular the impact of alcohol on the developing face and brain, and has been developing tools using machine learning and 3D imaging to identify those with subtle facial differences. After over a decade of working in the FASD field, Dr Suttie’s primary focus is to deliver clinical tools that assist with identifying alcohol-exposed individuals using low-cost 3D facial imaging combined with neurocognitive assessment.


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