ACPA Announces 2018 Research Grant Winners

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News, Awards, Research

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 Subtelny and are sponsored by the Alumni from the Orthodontic Department, Eastman Institute of Oral Health, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. These grants recognize the Subtelnys’ lifetime commitment to clinical work, research and education in the cleft/craniofacial fields in orthodontics and speech pathology. The purpose of these grants is to promote effective orthodontic and speech and language pathology treatment modalities and strategies for patients with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

The Paul W. Black, MD Grants for Emerging Researchers are offered in honor of the significant contributions of Paul W. Black, MD to the field of cleft/craniofacial research and are sponsored by Fernando Burstein, MD, Joseph Williams, MD and Magdalena Soldanska, MD.  The purposes of these grants are to develop young scientific investigators who are committed to cleft/craniofacial research and to encourage research on problems related to the diagnosis and treatment of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

The grant winners are:

  • Paul W. Black, MD Grant for Emerging Researchers- $5,000 each
    “Small molecule Wnt signaling antagonist therapies for cleft palate”
    Principle Investigator: Shihai Jia, PhD

    “The Role of Glycophosphatidylinositol Biosynthesis in Craniofacial Development”
    Principle Investigator: Marshall Lukacs
  • Subtelny Speech Research Grant- $5,000
    “Development of Stop and Fricative Phonetic Contrasts in Young Children with Repaired Cleft Palate”
    Principle Investigator: David Zajac, PhD
  • Subtelny Orthodontic Research Grant – $5,000
    “Healing Volumetric Muscle Loss Defects with Muscle Derived Stem Cells”
    Principle Investigator: David Kurlander, MD

Applications for the 2019 awards will be available Fall 2018. A special thank you to Drs. Burstein, Williams and Soldanska and the University of Rochester Orthodontic Department Alumni for their continued support.

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About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association of interested individuals and health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Since 1943, ACPA has worked to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. ACPA also provides information to affected individuals and families and seeks to educate the public about facial differences through its ACPA Family Services program. For more information, please visit