Tell us about FacePrint, the early detection tool you created for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.
turns selfies into a powerful healthcare tool. During high school, after watching a video by the Michael J. Fox Foundation
, I noticed that whenever Fox or another patient with Parkinson’s disease would smile or laugh, it came off as emotionally distant—years before diagnosis.
I became captivated by the idea of using facial expressions to monitor changes in the brain like those created by Parkinson’s, and to objectively detect and monitor the progression of those changes. This led me to create FacePrint, an early detection and monitoring system for Parkinson’s disease and commonly misidentified disorders using video technology and early-stage facial expression impairments. FacePrint was developed and validated through two initial pilot studies and is currently undergoing clinical trials with Stanford Medical School and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.