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Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41DE016442-01
Agency Tracking Number: DE016442
Amount: $66,889.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (781) 642-0163
Business Contact
Phone: (781) 893-9436
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Over the last two decades, craniofacial anthropometry has found increasing application in clinical genetics and oral maxillofacial and reconstructive plastic surgery. Quantitative measurements have rendered the diagnosis of dysmorphic features both objective and reliable, a boon to geneticists and surgeons alike. Also, surgical planning has benefited from these metrics which also are useful in the assessment of post-operative success. Both of these developments have been facilitated by the publication of Parkas' Anthropometry of the Head and Face, which first appeared in 1981 and which has been expanded and updated over the last 20 years. This craniofacial surface measurement system has become a popular standard reference, providing the most extensive normative database extant for North America. However, because there is no commercially available computerized database at the present, it is currently necessary for the user to rely on cumbersome hard-copy look-up tables with little access to combined functions of variables.

Our objective within this STTR is to make the use of these norms more user-friendly by creating a computer-based interactive craniofacial measurement database for them. This product, with a working title of FaceValue, is designed to (1) facilitate ready access to look-up tables conditioned on patient demographics, using a menu-driven, landmark-based graphic user interface; (2) permit computation of standardized measures for patients, including the creation of functions not currently available but which will be configured by the user; (3) generate reports for anthropometric protocols; and (4) export derived (e.g., standardized) scores to databases for documentation and statistical analysis.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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