Member News: Hopper and Kuehn

By Alyssa Kirkman posted 02-16-2017 09:51 AM

Richard Hopper, MD, MS
Dr. Hopper was quoted in a recent article and interview on the NBC news affiliate in Seattle, WA.

"It’s an image that most people are familiar with, but not one we tend to look at for too long: a child with a cleft palate.

In most of the world, it’s a physical defect that is repaired in the first few years of life. But in Africa, access to surgical care is not commonplace.

“The chance of having a cleft palate in Africa is roughly the same as having a cleft palate in North America," said Hopper. "Originally we didn’t think it was as common. But what the African researchers are starting to realize is that there are probably are a lot of babies that don’t survive because of the cleft palate or are not supported to survive by the communities.”"

Read the full article.

David Kuehn, PhDDavid Kuehn, PhD
Dr. Kuehn delivered the Millard Visiting Scholar Oration at the13th International Cleft Congress, February 8-11, 2017 in Chennai, India. His speech was titled "Five decades of research experience in speech anatomy and physiology." Kuehn said, "It was a great honor for me to be recognized and to deliver the 2017 Millard Oration especially in the presence of so many friends and colleagues from different countries whom I have gotten to know and admire since attending my first International Congress in 1977." The D. Ralph Millard Visiting Professor is awarded to a prominent visiting professional who is a distinguished practitioner of the art and craft of cleft lip and palate repair. The visiting professor attends the meeting and may be invited to visit one or more cleft centers in the country.

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