Children's National receives federal grants for use of AI in diagnosing, treating rare diseases

Two researchers from the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., have received federal grants for their projects using artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies for the treatment of rare pediatric diseases.

Antonio R. Porros, PhD, a staff scientist at the Sheikh Zayed Institute, received the National Institutes of Health's Pathway to Independence Award. The five-year grant will fund Dr. Porros' development of bone growth predictive models to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of craniosynotosis.

Additionally, the Department of Defense awarded Marius George Linguraru, PhD, a principal investigator at the institute, a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program grant. Dr. Linguraru's work focuses on developing a quantitative MRI application to measure the risk of vision loss in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 and optic pathway glioma.

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