ACPA Announces 2019 Junior Investigator Award Winners


Chapel Hill, N.C., May 30, 2019 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the Junior Investigator Awards. The Junior Investigator Session was held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at ACPA’s 76th Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

The 2019 award winners are:

  • The Junior Investigator Award for Basic Science
    Catherine M. Pelland
  • The Junior Investigator Award for Clinical Research
    Fransia S. De Leon

The Junior Investigator Awards recognize outstanding presentations from investigators either recently graduated or currently enrolled in a training program dealing with cleft and craniofacial evaluation and treatment. The Junior Investigator Session encourages and supports multidisciplinary research in cleft and craniofacial care.

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