We aim to provide long-term, sustainable ways to bridge the gap in cleft care and knowledge in the UK and overseas

CLEFT's 14th Birthday Fundraising Success

To celebrate CLEFT's 14th birthday this May, we set a challenge to our supporters to do something around the number 14.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Vaccine Equity Declaration

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[email protected] UPDATE

We are delighted to update you on the launch of the [email protected] website – a unique online cleft therapy and parent training resource for children with cleft articulation difficulties.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Our research vision

At CLEFT, our vision is of a future where clefts are preventable. Until we get there, we want to improve the lives of those born with cleft lip and palate.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Our impact

1 in 700

children are born with a cleft palate.

£40

the cost of a cleft operation on a baby in a low-income country.

£250

cost to give treatment over a lifetime.

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Breakthroughs in cleft research

  • VPI Paper in Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal

    The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal reviewed literature on palate re-repair for the treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) and cited the Sommerlad Protocol and Palate Repair technique of VPI as being very beneficial to patients with an 84% success rate. Read more

  • The genetics of cleft lip and palate

    Investigations into the genetics of cleft lip and palate to understand more about why cleft lip and palate occurs. Read more

  • TBX22 Mouse Model

    CLEFT has funded research into the investigation of a gene called the TBX22 that regulates important development events during normal palate function, in order to find new treatments. Read more

  • [email protected] UPDATE

    We are delighted to update you on the launch of the [email protected] website – a unique online cleft therapy and parent training resource for children with cleft articulation difficulties. Read more