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Below is a list of blogs written by ACPA members and the National Office Team.

If you are interested in writing a blog, please email Alyssa Kirkman for more information.

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The Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce the winners of their annual college scholarship awards.  The CPF College Scholarship Committee, led by chair Dianne Altuna, MS, CCC-SLP, awarded a total of 17 scholarships to outstanding students nationwide. This year’s winners are: Peter Randall, MD & Don LaRossa, MD Scholarship Award : Emily Everlith, Hebron, CT Earl “Gip” Seaver, PhD Scholarship Award: Elise Schiller, St. Louis, MO CPF Community College Scholarship Award: Hannahmarie Mitchell, Chino, CA CPF VCFS/22q11.2DS Scholarship: James Schweizer, Atlanta, GA CPF Craniosynostosis Scholarship: Sara Pollak, Wilton, CT ...
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Eight years ago, Changing Faces introduced the Face Equality initiative and campaign to: raise awareness of our unconscious beliefs about disfigurement that can result in prejudice and discrimination encourage people, organizations and the government to tackle such beliefs and attitudes and make a commitment to Face Equality help everyone learn new ways of thinking and behaving towards people with disfiguring conditions This year Changing Faces is giving the campaign a special push, with the UK’s first Face Equality Day on Friday, May 26. Find out more and how to get involved! Changing Faces will be publishing  Disfigurement in the ...
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We are pleased to announce the Center for Dental, Oral, Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration ( C-DOCTOR ) RFP that will award up to $150,000 to promising dental, oral and craniofacial tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TE/RM) technologies and help them advance toward human clinical trials through customized product development advice and core resources. The first round is just a 2-page proposal and the deadline is June 9, 2017 . Please see the full RFP for details . If you don’t think this is a good fit for you, please forward it to anyone who may be interested - it is open to any U.S. and foreign investigators and to U.S. companies ...
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Wendy-Jo Toyama, Executive Director of ACPA and CPF, was recently included in an article on www.dailymail.com .  The article, which describes cleft palate and possible treatments, uses a recent trip from Smile Train Ambassadors to spread awareness about cleft.  Excerpts: Wendy-Jo Toyama, the executive director of the Cleft Palate Foundation and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, said cleft palates are one of the most common birth defects in America. She said: 'It's not ...
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Happy #NursesWeek to all of our cleft and craniofacial nurses. Your contributions are essential for the success of each patient's cleft care journey. Thank you for the hard work and heart you put into everything you do. Let us know how we can support you as you continue to work with patients with cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial differences. Happy Nurse's Week
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Abstracts from the peer-reviewed podium presentations at the ACPA's 74th Annual Meeting are now available in the online edition of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. View the abstracts . Abstracts were published as submitted by the authors. For financial conflict of interest disclosure, please visit: http://meeting.acpa-cpf.org/disclosures.html The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal , a bi-monthly international journal on craniofacial difference, is the official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Current ACPA Members receive a subscription to the journal as part of membership . Please send us an email if ...
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The Miles for Smiles Dental School Student Organization at UNC hosted the 9th Annual Cleft Palate Gallop on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Friends and family of the cleft community gathered on a beautiful Saturday morning to run and walk around UNC Chapel Hill’s campus. The Old Well signified the start line for the 5k runners and the fun walkers followed, many with babies and dogs in tow. CPF and ACPA National Office Team members were proud to participate the event - and one of the National Office team members won in her age group! We enjoyed the festivities and the comradery.  Pictures of the event can be found on the Gallop's Facebook page . The volunteer student ...
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ACPA Member Lisa Jacob, DDS, MS, has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics to publish a clinical report, " The Primary Care Pediatrician and the Care of Children with Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate . "  In the report, AAP recommends that children born with CL/P receive coordinated care through a multidisciplinary cleft or craniofacial team. The report is intended to help pediatricians better manage children with cleft lip/palate.  The report abstract: Orofacial clefts, specifically cleft lip and/or cleft palate (CL/P), are among the most common congenital anomalies. CL/P vary in their location and severity and comprise 3 overarching groups: ...
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As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we would like to thank the ACPA and CPF Board of Directors, our committee chairs and co-chairs, committee members, Annual Meeting Mentors, and all of our volunteers for working with ACPA and CPF over the past year. Your support strengthens our community as we work to create a world, through team care, where individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive.  Your time investment makes ACPA and CPF more influential, and we thank you.    The National Office Team is excited to work with our members and professionals everyday - to offer support as they provide their patients with the best care possible. ...
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ACPA Members Timothy Cox, Michael Cunningham and Matt Greives were recently highlighted in the news. Cox and Cunningham were highlighted for a study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research , "Massively Increased Caries Susceptibility in an Irf6 Cleft Lip/Palate Model".  Excerpts from the interview: "We found that the cleft lip and palate gene mutation also resulted in abnormal salivary glands," Cox said. "The result was a mouth environment that was too acidic and contained excess bacteria, which led to problems in the gums and more rapid tooth decay." "Doctors who treat children with cleft lip or palate have observed for a long ...
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This July, treatment specialists, support organizations, advocacy groups, and affected individuals and families are joining forces to encourage awareness of cleft and craniofacial conditions for National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month . We will work to promote awareness throughout July, and we need your help to spread the word as much as possible. We invite you to write a brief narrative of your experiences to be shared as we spread awareness in July and throughout the year.  Please send us your practitioner stories and share our flier with your patients and families so they can submit their stories.  Email your story and pictures to admin@cleftline.org ...
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We want your team to become an ACPA/CPF Approved Team! The Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) is now accepting applications from all teams seeking approval and from Region III teams who would like to continue to be listed as Approved Teams. Applications are due July 1, 2017. Teams are approved for up to five years.  Keep in mind that if you are not in Region III and your team is approved this year, you will be required to reapply when your  region  is up for review - which will be in fewer than 5 years.  Region IV will be up for review in 2018, Region V in 2019, Region I in 2020, and Region II in 2021. ACPA’s mission is to optimize team care for ...
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ACPA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2018. Activities will take place throughout the year, including ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting. Please plan on joining your ACPA colleagues at the Westin Convention Center , April 9-14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA as we Honor the Past, Challenge the Present, and Inspire the Future. ACPA will continue to share information and ways you and your team can participate in the 75th Anniversary. Email Alyssa Kirkman for more informa
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ACPA Members Craig Hobar, Larry Hollier, Eric Stelnicki and Derek Steinbacher were recently highlighted in the news. Hobar was interviewed for a story on NBC 5 in Dallas on major medical procedures that change the lives of children . Hobar performed surgery on Victor, who was abandoned by his family in China. "He lived a tough life. Other children were afraid of him because of the way he looked, and he didn't understand this. He just dreamed of the day he could look like other kids, and fortunately that day has come," said Dr. Craig Hobar. View the article. Hollier was featured on ETHealthworld.com in an article on funding surgeries and ensuring ...
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Dr. Fadekemi Oginni is a Nigerian Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. She obtained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Fellowships of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, West African College of Surgeons and International Board for Certification of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. An associate Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University and Honorary Consultant at the University Teaching Hospital, she enjoys teaching. Fades professional interest centers on management of children with cleft lip and palate and maxillofacial trauma. Her love for managing children with cleft lip and palate was initiated in 2005, when she visited ...
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ACPA Members Pedro Sanchez and William Magee, III contributed to a study published in Human Molecular Genetics. A group of researchers has found that three siblings born with cleft lip and palate share a common gene mutation associated with the birth defect. From the release: "Although most people are not familiar with cleft lip and palate, it is a common congenital anomaly that impacts survival, feeding, speech and has long-term implications if not repaired early and correctly," said Pedro Sanchez, a co-author of the study, a medical geneticist at CHLA and an assistant professor of clinical pathology and pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine. "It occurs ...
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If youve read A Man From Heric, then you are familiar with the story of Tessiers unpublished atlas of craniofacial malformations, which was interrupted by the advent of computerized tomography. But if you attended ACPA's 74 th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs last month, then you heard the story straight from the very man who assisted Dr. Tessier in a marathon, sleepless editorial session: Dr. Henry Kawamoto. And if you were a first-time attendee of ACPA's Annual Meeting like myself, then after hearing the American Society of Craniofacial Surgerys first president deliver a standing-room-only presentation peppered with dozens of inspiring personal anecdotes ...
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Over the past 23 years, the ACPA Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) has successfully led to the creation of new teams and the improvement of care, and past scholars have reported that the experience was overwhelmingly positive and had an impact on their careers and their teams. Some highlights of past scholars include: A Portrait of 2005 Visiting Scholar Peter Donkor Chat with 2014 Visiting Scholar Dr. Gerald Isiekwe Following Up with 2015 Visiting Scholar Dr. Gayatri Moghe-Ghadyalpatil The Experience of Participating in the ACPA Visiting Scholar Program 2016 Solomon Obiri-Yeboah is ACPAs 2017 Visiting Scholar This program has ...
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The 14th International Congress on Cleft Lip and/or Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies will be in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 5-9, 2021. On the conference website, Dr. Felicity V. Mehendale, President Elect of the International Confederation, has this letter of invitation: On behalf of my colleagues in Edinburgh and the CFSGBI, I warmly invite you to join us in July 2021, for the 14th International Cleft Congress. Our custom built conference venue, the EICC, is surrounded by a range of hotels, and cafes, in the very heart of Edinburgh a short walk from many famous tourist sites, such as Edinburgh Castle and the Queens Palace at Holyrood. Our ...
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Member News: Farbod

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ACPA Member Frank Farbod was featured in a news release: Medical Director of UP Health SystemMarquette Cleft Lip & Palate-Craniofacial Clinic named . Dr. Frank Farbod of the Facial Surgery Institute of Marquette will serve as the Medical Director of the UP Health System Marquette Cleft Lip & Palate-Craniofacial Clinic. Dr. Farbod said, Im very honored to lead the clinic. It is genuinely a privilege to provide these services right here in Marquette and continue to build upon Dr. Geisslers remarkable efforts. Its important to realize that a series of complex surgeries are involved in cleft lip and palate repair and that continuing and improving this ...
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