Headspace helps to put a happy face on the children who look different

Art meets science in Liverpool as a top craniofacial surgeon enlists the help of the public to find a 'normal' head shapeChristian Duncan is a man with a thousand faces. And he needs every one of them to assist him in his delicate, invariably life-changing work.As a surgeon with the responsibility of redrawing the disfigured faces and reshaping the misshapen heads of children, he needs all the guidance he can muster. So in 2011 he came up with the idea of enlisting the public to help him in his work in the craniofacial unit at Alder Hey in Liverpool, one of Europe's biggest children's hospitals.Two years on, the result is Headspace, a fascinating and unique interactive installation, put together by three women graduates of Liverpool School of Art and Design, that is running at Fact (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in the city centre. Headspace is where science meets art.Duncan's aim is to find the archetypal, aesthetically "normal" human head shape, the ideal to aspire to when he is wielding his scalpel. To do this he needed a database of at least 1,000 heads.Last week the 1,000th volunteer entered photographer Paula Murray's specially built booth to have her head captured from five angles with a £55,000 state-of-the-art 3D camera made in Atlanta, Georgia. Afterwards participants can view the extraordinary 360-degree pictures on the Headspace website. It can be disconcerting to see yourself as others see you; at least it was for number 826 (your co...
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Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Hand/Peripheral Nerve: Original Articles Source Type: research
Developmental Dynamics,Volume 0, Issue ja, -Not available-.
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The earliest developmental origins of dysmorphologies are poorly understood in many congenital diseases. They often remain elusive because the first signs of genetic misregulation may initiate as subtle changes in gene expression, which are hard to detect and can be obscured later in development by secondary effects. Here, we develop a method to trace the origins of phenotypic abnormalities by accurately quantifying the 3D spatial distribution of gene expression domains in developing organs. By applying geometric morphometrics to 3D gene expression data obtained by Optical Projection Tomography, we determined that our appr...
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Apert syndrome, also referred to as acrocephalosyndactyly, is characterized by malformation of the skull, hands, and feet, leading to dysmorphic facial features. It is a rare hereditary autosomal dominant condition, which occurs exclusively as a result of paternal advanced age. The aim of this study is to report the case of an 11-year-old female patient, who presented at our service with a complaint regarding tooth positioning. Her mother reported that she had already undergone choanal atresia surgery and craniectomy 2 times.
Source: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
Conclusion: In individuals with syndactyly, both manual and powered toothbrushes allowed significant plaque reduction on tooth surfaces; however, the powered toothbrush exhibited greater efficacy of plaque removal compared with the manual toothbrush.
Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
This article may help clinicians and researchers to inform about the latest progress in Apert syndrome.
Source: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research - Category: Dentistry Source Type: research
Gracie Heater, who has been an inpatient at Seattle Children's Hospital for 18 months, has Apert syndrome - a genetic disorder that causes a fusion of bones in the skull and spine.
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Gracie Heater, who has been an inpatient at Seattle Children's Hospital for 18 months, has Apert syndrome - a genetic disorder that causes a fusion of bones in the skull and spine.
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