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CIFASD – 3D Imaging Core

Project Lead: Jeff Rogers

Advanced Visualization Lab, Visualization and Analytics, UITS Research Technologies

CIFASD 3d Camera
Figure 1. The 3dMD Camera system setup to capture a subject, data acquisition processing, and the final 3d dataset ready for research analysis.

The Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) 3D Imaging Core recently acquired three new 3dMD facial capture systems with funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The three new systems double the number of capture sites that the CIFASD-3D Imaging Core can support to a total of 6. 

Currently containing more than 3400 subjects, the 3D facial database continues to grow. Researchers share a larger number of datasets. The future results of analyzing longitudinal data will have significant impact on the understanding of FASD. The additional facial capture sites increase IU’s research presence around the world. IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) processes the data into several formats for analysis by research around the globe including University College London’s Professor Peter Hammond.

Tatiana Foroud, P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics,  Chancellor's Professor and Director of Hereditary Genomics Division is the Principal Investigator of the 3D Facial Imaging research in CIFASD. Tatiana received support from the AVL as she works to incorporate more 3D facial data collection sites into the project. For nearly a decade, the AVL has provided support both locally and to remote capture sites across the globe, including hardware support and troubleshooting coupled with custom data processing and analysis software. This most recent support involving the additional capture systems will increase the amount of cross-cultural, cross-racial subject data gathered around the world. 

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Genetics (610) Human-Medical Genetics

Secondary Field: Computer Science (401) Data Modeling