World’s largest cleft care conference makes UK debut at EICC

The 14th International Congress of Cleft Lips, Palates and Associated Craniofacial Anomalies (Cleft 2022), which takes place every four years, is holding its opening ceremony this afternoon. This will include a welcome address from Councilor Lezley Marion Cameron, the Vice President of Edinburgh, and a keynote address from Felicity Vidya Mehendale, Event Chair and Cleft/Plastic Surgeon who leads the Global Cleft Research Program slot at the University of Edinburgh, which will present the philosophy of the congress to the 1,500 delegates.

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She said: “I am honored to welcome delegates from over 110 countries to Cleft 2022 at the EICC in Edinburgh, for the Congress’ first appearance in the UK. Together…we aim to create positive disruptions in cleft care and craniofacial care, which we believe will make meaningful differences for global health and inclusiveness.

The opening ceremony will be headlined by a solo performance by accomplished singer, 26-year-old Rhona Christie, who has a cleft and has started receiving treatment from the team at Edinburgh’s Royal Children’s Hospital and young people at the age of 12.

The diverse program will include the active involvement of patients and parents in scientific sessions which aim to agree on actions to bring about overall improvements in cleft care over the next four years.

EICC Chief Executive, Marshall Dallas, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the world’s largest cleft care conference – and it’s a testament to the international appeal of Edinburgh, as well as the industry. thriving life sciences city, that Cleft 2022 attracted the highest attendance record in its history with delegates attending from all corners of the globe.

The event follows EICC’s recent announcement that it will host a series of healthcare conferences in 2023, including the palliative care conference and Itakom (It Takes All Kinds of Minds) which focuses on Neurodiversity, both taking place in March and the 15 World Congress on Endometriosis in May.

The 14th International Congress on Cleft Lip, Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies is set to reach its highest level of attendance yet with its EICC event. Photo: Malcolm Cochrane Photography.

Christine E. Phillips