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Research Project

Images of Children and Adults for Health Research

Principal Investigator
Gordon, Rachel A.
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This project will significantly contribute to a number of fields of health research by archiving an expansive longitudinal set of images of the faces and bodies of children and their parents over a 15 year period. With a secure system to facilitate ease of access and use, such images can be human rated (e.g., perceived age, weight, skin color) and machine scored (e.g., biologically informative facial measurements) to measure continuity and change in physical development and health and to capture the physical toll of the environment on individual well-being.

Extending a prior NICHD- funded project that rated 11 waves of videos from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) to longitudinally study children's appearance, this larger archive of images will provide a valuable resource for researchers aiming to conduct innovative research on health and health disparities.

Learn more on NIH Project Reporter.

Funding Source

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (Grant No. R03 HD096203)