Method: Our target for enrollment is 3500 healthy European-Caucasian males and females between 3-40 years of age. Recruitment is currently taking place in three US sites: Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Houston. At each site, eligible individuals are screened for a history of craniofacial trauma, syndromes and/or facial surgery. Following consent, a brief demographic interview is conduced and each participant provides two saliva samples for later genotyping. A 3D facial image is then acquired using stereophotogrammetry. Quantitative data in the form of 3D facial landmark coordinates and linear distances are collected from each 3D surface model.
Result: At present, the 3D Facial Norms Project contains 3D facial scans, measurement data and demographic descriptors on over 800 individuals. Both individual- and summary-level data are available for users to search, view and/or download via an intuitive web interface.
Conclusion: As the first publically-available craniofacial normative data repository ever constructed, the 3D Facial Norms Project shows great promise as a resource for the craniofacial research and clinical community.
Keywords: Anatomy, Anthropology, Data Repository, Genetics and Human