ACPA Announces 2018 Junior Investigator Award Winners

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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 Award
“A Single Lab Test to Aid Pierre Robin Sequence Severity Diagnosis”
Artur Fahradyan

The awards are sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Award winners are given a plaque, monetary award, and appointment as a session co-chair for ACPA’s 76th Annual Meeting, April 9-13, 2019 in Tucson, AZ.

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