Help Doctors Detect Down Syndrome with a Simple Photo

Childrens National Medical Center


Help Doctors Detect Down Syndrome with a Simple Photo

“Smile for the camera!” With your support, we can make the detection of Down syndrome as simple as a quick snapshot, without the need for blood tests or specialized and often expensive tests. This could revolutionize the detection of Down syndrome by offering an affordable solution for doctors worldwide.

Each year, one in every 1,100 babies worldwide is born with Down syndrome. In some regions of the world, the rate is as high as one in 350. Because of the serious medical complications related to this condition, it’s critical that doctors detect Down syndrome as early as possible. The team at Children’s National is creating a new software program that can assess a child immediately after he or she is born, without the need for blood tests or specialized analysis. This simple and non-invasive test uses sophisticated automated facial recognition as a diagnostic tool and can provide almost instant results.

Ultimately, this software will diagnose more than just Down syndrome, making sophisticated genetic expertise widely and affordably available.

Your donation will fund camera equipment, a study coordinator to enroll and photograph subjects, and a digital image analyst who will develop the software algorithm necessary to diagnose Down syndrome with accuracy. These efforts will improve the lives of children with Down syndrome.




Any sum

Receive quarterly research updates

$100 or more

Admission to online webinar by Dr. Marshall Summar

$500 or more

Name recognition as sponsor in materials for online seminar by Dr. Marshall Summar

$1,000 or more

"Circle of Hope"

Name recognition as sponsor in materials for online seminar by Dr. Marshall; Invitations to attend signature events to meet hospital physicians, researchers, and other leading donors

$2,500 or more

"Circle of Compassion"

All Circle of Hope privileges, plus:

Invitation to tour the Research Institute with project researchers

$5,000 or more

"Circle of Promise"

All Circle of Compassion privileges, plus:

Invitation to attend the Innovation Rounds lecture by project researchers

$10,000 or more

"Children's Circle of Care"

All Circle of Promise privileges, plus:

National recognition in the Children's Circle of Care annual report

Pledge of full $127,000

First page name recognition/acknowledgement as Supreme Funder (larger font/recognition), including recognition in software package material and personal tour through institute with researchers.


This project is part of a new crowdfunding initiative to support research at Children’s National Medical Center, one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals and pediatric research centers. Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way for people to support causes and projects they care about through online giving. People are able to make small or large donations to support projects like the one featured on this page.

For more information about the crowdfunding project, click here.

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Children’s National Medical Center does not guarantee or warrant actual outcomes for this project. The results of any research project may turn out to be unfeasible or no longer desirable because of unexpected issues. If for any reason the project cannot continue as planned—or if the project raises more than its established fundraising goal—Children’s National will make every attempt to apply the funds to support an initiative with a similar purpose to benefit a similar target audience. If it is not possible to reassign resources to a similar initiative, Children’s National will determine the most appropriate manner to use the funds raised.

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