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CPF Announces 2017 Research Grant Winners

CPF Announces 2017 Research Grant Winners

The CPF Research Grants Committee is pleased to announce recipients of grant funding for the upcoming year:

  • “MicroRNA 203: A novel Epigentic Determinant of Palate Development and Clefting”
    Michele Pisano, PhD
    CPF Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Research Grant- $10,000
  • “An Allelic Series of Polr1a in the Mouse Recapitulating Variants Identified in Human Patients”
    K. Nicole Weaver, MD
    Paul W. Black, MD Grant for Emerging Researchers- $10,000
  • "Cross-Linguistic Speech Evaluation in Patients with Cleft Palate"
    Eugene Park, MD
    Subtelny Speech Research Grant- $5,000
  • "Hoxa2 Regulates Osteogenic Differentiation Through BMP Signaling During Palate Development - Implication in Cleft Palate Pathogenesis"
    Paul Pown Raj Iyyanar, MS
    Subtelny Orthodontic Research Grant
Subtelny Grant donors Dr. Alvaro Figueroa and Dr. Pedro Santiago are honored by CPF President Marilyn Cohen and ACPA President Bob Havlik.
Subtelny Grant donors Dr. Alvaro Figueroa and Dr. Pedro Santiago are honored by CPF President Marilyn Cohen and ACPA President Bob Havlik.

Congratulations to our 2017 CPF Research Grant winners! We appreciate the many quality proposals submitted this year and encourage all cleft/craniofacial researchers to apply for CPF Grant funding in the future. Online applications for 2018 awards will be available this fall on the CPF website.

We also extend high commendation to this year’s Junior Investigator presentation award winners:

  • "Psychosocial Development of Pediatric Patients with Craniofacial Anomalies: Differences in the Elementary, Middle, and High School Years"
    Elizabeth Volpicelli
    Clinical Research Award
  • "Induced Neural Progenitor-Like Cells from Human Gingiva-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Regulate Myelination of Schwann Cells in Rat Sciatic Nerve Regeneration"
    Phuong Nguyen, MD
    Basic Research Award

We express sincere gratitude to the generous donors who make all our research grants and awards possible. As you may know, the Junior Investigator presentation awards are now funded by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). This new sponsorship allowed for the Paul W. Black honorary funding to shift to grants for emerging researchers. A special thank you to CHOA and Dr. Fernando Burstein for these important investments in early-career researchers. We also greatly appreciate the University of Rochester Orthodontic Department Alumni for their sustained funding of the Dan and Joanne Subtelny Research Grants in orthodontics and speech language pathology. To join these donors in supporting CPF research grants, please make your personal gift to cleft-craniofacial research here.