Age: 18Lenexa, KS
Project Title: FacePrint: A Diagnostic and Monitoring Tool for Parkinson’s Disease Using Dynamic Video Footage Tracking and Digital Action Unit Biomarkers Generated by Spontaneous and Posed Facial Expressions
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Lenexa teen IDs winning medical solution with Parkinson’s detection tech FacePrint,
Stanford University will have to wait. Eighteen-year-old Erin Smith is taking her medical technology venture, FacePrint, on the road.
The Johnson County teen has been selected to join two prestigious fellowships to further develop FacePrint, which is a diagnostic and monitoring Tool for Parkinson’s Disease. She’s been tapped for $25,000 from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, as well as a two-year, $100,000 Thiel Fellowship.
Smith plans to forgo immediately starting college for the opportunity, she said.
“I hope to take the lessons that I have already learned and continue to expand both personally and professionally,” said Smith, a 2018 graduate of the Shawnee Mission School District. “Ultimately, I hope to leverage the resources from both opportunities to transform the face of Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and treatment.”
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LENEXA TEEN AWARDED $25,000 FOR INVENTING TOOL TO MONITOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Erin Smith to be Named a 2018 Davidson Fellow
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