2 Indian-Americans among TIME’s 25 Most Influential Teens

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Indian Americans Rishabh Jain and Kavya Kopparapu have made it to the list of 25 most influential teens of 2018, chosen across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.

Jain, an eighth grader from Oregon, has developed a software tool to make pancreatic cancer treatment more effective.

Stomach or other nearby organs make pancreas difficult to locate during the radiotherapy treatment, which can inadvertently target and impact healthy cells. But Jain’s algorithm uses artificial intelligence to accurately locate and track the pancreas in real-time during MRI radiotherapy, according to a Discovery Education news release.

The algorithm won Jain the $25,000 top prize at the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in October.

He is on a lookout for hospitals and physician partners who could help him run a clinical trial to continue testing.

“I’ve gotten to see how doctors can make an immediate difference in people’s lives,” Jain told the Time magazine.

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat and is often discovered at a later stage, with a survival rate of less than 7 percent. It is the 13th most common cancer worldwide, according to a Lancet study from October 2015. Over a quarter million people worldwide have lost their lives to it.

Kavya Kopparapu, a freshman at Harvard University, has developed a deep-learning computer system that can scan slides of tissue from brain cancer patients looking for differences in density, color, texture and cellular alignment that are unique to that particular person’s case.

Kopparapu, 18, aims to develop targeted therapies that are also unique to the person, according to Time Magazine.

She hopes to begin clinical tests in collaboration with a neuropathologist at Georgetown University.

Kopparapu is the founder of the non-profit Girls Computing League, which works this year to bring computing opportunities to girls in the northern Virginia and Washington, DC area.

In October this year, she received USD 50,000 as 2018 Davidson Fellows laureate. She was recognized for her innovative personalized, targeted treatment for patients with cancer.

She was among 161 young students honored by President Donald Trump earlier this year at the White House. She was selected for the Presidential Scholars Programme, considered the nation’s highest honor for high school students.

In January this year, Kopparapu received the WebMD Health Hero Award for taking health and medical challenges head-on and working tirelessly to solve them.

Last year, she invented Eyeagnosis, a 3-D printed lens system and mobile app. The device snaps a photo of the retina and analyzes it with artificial intelligence to diagnose diabetic retinopathy without the need for an extensive eye exam.

The Time Magazine has kept an ongoing list of the world’s most influential teens since 2013. In the past, it has recognized everyone from singer Lorde to Olympic champion Simone Biles to political activist Joshua Wong.

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