Shriya and Adhya Beesam, 16, who are grade 11 students in Plano, Texas won the competition in the 17th annual Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition for their project entitled, 'Linked Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System: A Novel Approach to Schizophrenia Diagnosis'. They have been awarded for their innovative research that will help doctors diagnose health problems such as schizophrenia. In their research, the twins developed a new approach to diagnose schizophrenia earlier in patients using both brain scans and psychiatric evaluations.
According to the NRI teens, they had lost their uncle to schizophrenia few years ago. Their uncle was misdiagnosed for several years before eventually being diagnosed as schizophrenic. The twins say the late diagnosis and delay of care, ultimately contributed to his suicide. The Beesams say actually this loss of their uncle served as motivation during their research and work.
Another Indian-origin teen Vineet Edupuganti, a senior at Oregon Episcopal School, won the top individual award for developing an ingestible battery that could transform the way doctors diagnose and monitor health problems deep in the body. He calls his invention ‘a high-performance biodegradable for transient electronics’. His work could simplify how medical practitioners diagnose conditions that affect internal organs, such as gastrointestinal disorders, that currently require complex imaging or invasive procedures to diagnose.
These NRI inventions were highly appreciated by the judges at the contest. "These scholars are poised to transform the lives of millions around the globe... I cannot wait to see where their dedication and innovative thinking will lead them and the rest of us as well", said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation.