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Duke researchers are tackling Autism, digitally.

Guillermo Sapiro is an engineering and computer science professor, and Helen Egger, M.D., is a faculty member at the Duke School of Medicine. Together with a group of colleagues and students, they have developed technology to detect autism and other disorders early in a child’s life, when intervention is most effective.

Now, using ResearchKit, an open source framework developed by Apple, Duke is offering a free iOS app, “Autism & Beyond,” that parents can use to screen their children. At this point, the goal is to test the technology, not provide at-home diagnosis. But eventually, “We hope this app will increase access to mental health and autism screening in cultures around the world,” Egger says.