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. Read more
CLEFT has recently been involved with visiting the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan where conditions such as cleft lip and palate have been neglected in recent years. Read more
Craniofacial clefts are large clefts that can affect the face, eyes, nose and mouth. Read more
A genetic defect has been identified in a family from Egypt with a type of palate abnormality and speech disorder apparently not previously described. The FOXF2 research is one of the many projects currently funded by CLEFT, paid for with money raised by our donors and fundraisers. Read more
We aim to provide long-term, sustainable ways to bridge the gap in cleft care and knowledge in the UK and overseas
Alannah is a lovely, normal teenage, born in 2006 with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome. Her mother tells her story here.
Traditionally, patients are often asked to buy some of the materials that are needed for their operation at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery, including sutures for the stitches they need.
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A group of 12 adventurers, aged between 12 and 58 years old, left London in October 2019 for the challenge of a lifetime – to climb Mount Kilimajaro in Tanzania. Everyone had spent a year planning, training and fundraising for it and were ready for the challenges that lay ahead. CLEFT trustee and Kilimanjaro climber, Tracy Morris, tells us her story....
Investigations into the genetics of cleft lip and palate to understand more about why cleft lip and palate occurs. Read more
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
A project to better understand the way the muscles of the soft palate work to see if improvements can be made to surgical techniques and reduce the need for further operations and speech therapy. Read more
Early on in his career as plastic surgeon, CLEFT Chairman Mr Brian Sommerlad realised that operating techniques could be improved upon and in 1993, he started to use a microscope for surgery. Read more