Bryan Shaw shares the story of his son Noah, who developed retinoblastoma – a form of cancer that affects children. After several procedures, Shaw noticed that early photos of Noah had visual cues that could have helped detect his cancer earlier. And so he set out to develop a free app that parents can use to greatly increase the rate at which white eye can be detected. That app is called CRADLE and you can download it here.
Bryan Shaw is a chemist who spends most of his time developing therapies for protein misfolding diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In his spare time, however, he develops software to help parents detect “white-eye” in digital pictures of their children. Bryan’s interest in white-eye detection was motivated by a tragic personal experience (described best by NPR’s Joe Palca). As a professor since 2010, Bryan has received a respectable set of awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Department of Defense Therapeutic Idea Award. Bryan earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA in 2005 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard from 2006-2010.