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Chapel Hill, NC, May 22, 2018–The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce recipients of the Junior Investigator Awards for 2018. The Junior Investigator Session was held during ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Presentations were given by nine investigators who have either recently graduated or are currently enrolled in a training program dealing with cleft and craniofacial evaluation and treatment. The presentations are evaluated and two winners are selected to receive Junior Investigator Awards. The 2018 winners are: Basic Science Award “3D-Printed Bioactive Ceramic Scaffolds for Induction of Osteogenesis in the Immature Skeleton” Samantha Maliha Clinical ...
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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE I recently returned from attending the American Association of Orthodontists Meeting in Washington, DC. ACPA has traditionally attended two meetings a year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s Plastic Surgery: The Meeting and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s Annual Meeting. With input from the ACPA Board of Directors and an aim to build a rich interdisciplinary community for our members, ACPA is now rotating attendance at other meetings by attending meetings of two disciplines each year. For the second meeting in 2018, ACPA will attend the ASHA Convention in Boston in November. By ...
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Chapel Hill, NC, May 9, 2018–The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce recipients of its research grant awards for 2018. Research grants began with the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) and received over $750,000 in funding from 1989- 2017 when CPF merged with the ACPA.  ACPA continues to support knowledge discovery in the field of cleft and craniofacial studies by providing research grants.  Some researchers use these grants as seed funding for new projects, serving as an impetus for future funding from larger granting agencies. The Subtelny Speech and Orthodontic Research Grants are offered in honor of Dan and Joanne ...
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With the introduction of ACPA Online Learning, ACPA will be holding webinars to  provide continuing education credit with tailored content for cleft and craniofacial care providers.  ACPA is pleased to announce webinars for May and early June. Media Training for ACPA Approved Teams– May 10 at 1:00PM ET Presenters: Adam Bernstein and Amanda DeWeese, Public Relations consultants with Chernoff Newman ACPA would like to equip Approved Teams with tools and tips for effectively engaging with news media in your local communities. This complimentary webinar will walk through a PR toolkit for teams that includes PR opportunities, FAQs, rules for engaging with reporters ...
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Chapel Hill, NC, May 3, 2018– The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal awards. The winners were recognized on April 12, 2018 during ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 2018 award winners are: Peer Reviewers of the Year David W. Low, MD Rachel M. Roberts, PhD Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS Long-Term Outcomes Study Award Oral Clefts and Academic Performance in Adolescence: The Impact of Anesthesia-Related Neurotoxicity, Timing of Surgery, and Type of Oral Clefts Nicola G. Clausen, MD and co-authors Steward Rood Section Editor of the Year ...
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Amelia F. Drake, MD One of the ways ACPA displays its commitment towards team care is through the ACPA Team Approval Process. ACPA Approved Teams are listed on the ACPA Family Services website and are the teams ACPA encourages families to consider first when looking for cleft and craniofacial care. ACPA currently recognizes 175 ACPA Approved Teams, representing over 45 states in the US and five Canadian provinces. I am excited to announce that the 2018 application period for ACPA Team Approval is now open. All ACPA Approved Teams from Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, ...
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Chapel Hill, NC, April 26, 2018–The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) was pleased to present its most prominent awards at ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting: Emerging Leader, Family Services Leadership, Distinguished Service and Honors of the Association. The Emerging Leader Award is given to an early career professional who is a member of ACPA for at least three years and not more than 15 years, who exhibits exemplary accomplishment and dedication to the issues affecting people with cleft and craniofacial conditions.  The inaugural winner was Thomas Sitzman, MD. Sitzman was recognized for his personal record of accomplishments which exemplify his leadership ...
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Treatment specialists, support organizations, advocacy groups, and affected individuals and families are joining forces this July to encourage awareness and prevention of cleft and craniofacial conditions for National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month. In an effort to increase cleft and craniofacial awareness, ACPA will  share patient and family stories and reach out to our local community to share the message, and we need your help to reach an even bigger audience. Here are some ways you can join us in promoting awareness: Share your Story – We invite you to submit your story to be shared as we spread awareness ...
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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE I am writing from ACPA’s 75th Anniversary Meeting at the Westin Convention Center. Twenty-five years ago, we hosted the meeting here. Linda and Ricky are two of the Westin staff who I met. They have worked here 26 years and so joined us for our 50th. As I describe our group to the on-site team, I share information about cleft lip and palate as well as the people who treat those affected. I describe our members as kind, collaborative and highly communicative. At my first Annual Meeting, I was struck by the number of people who ...
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