In order to identify specific facial features more accurately, the team needed accurate facial photographs of infants through the use of 3D images. For this purpose, they initiated a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds toward building their own 3D camera that would be better suited to meet their unique research needs. This campaign ran from 13 January to 1 March this year, enabling them to raise the necessary funds for the project to proceed. Furthermore, Canon also donated ten EOS 1200D cameras to be used in constructing a 3D camera. With these ten cameras, models of the children’s faces will be constructed and then used to identify distinguishing facial features correlating with syndromes such as Down, Prader-Willi, Fragile X, and Marfan in African infants.
“This 3D camera can open so many doors for facial dysmorphology research in Africa. My hope is that our work will help diagnose children that would otherwise have slipped through the cracks,” said Dr Coetzee.