Short Visits & Exchanges

EUROCleftNet funded short visits and exchanges in Europe aimed at:

a. Improving the quality of care for children born with clefts

b. Prevention through further research on the genetic and environmental causes

All applicantsĀ had to demonstrate that their proposed exchange/short visit fell within the scope of the EUROCleftNet strategy:

Primary objective:

To increase the European capability for cutting edge research aimed at:

(a) improving the quality of care of infants born with cleft lip and palate and

(b) improving knowledge on risk factors (genetic and environmental) with a view to primary prevention.

Steps towards this objective:

  • Development of a strategy for engaging European cleft teams and laboratories in ongoing and new European research collaborations initiative.
  • Involvement of users in research design and development of outcomes measures for orofacial clefts.
  • Encourage research initiatives that are aimed towards improving minimum standards of cleft care, universal access to care and equality of care.
  • Development of a priority list of questions for patient-centred research in the field of orofacial clefts.

Strategic action points and priorities

  • To create a Directory of Resources to facilitate research.
  • To continue to promote the concept of collaboration between clinicians and geneticists in research (which underpinned the success of Eurocran).
  • To initiate a portfolio of externally funded clinical and genetics research.
  • To engage with a wide range of stakeholders (including beyond Europe) to ensure that this ESF is able to address orofacial clefting holistically and globally.
  • To communicate and disseminate research findings through local, national and international networks

Peter A Mossey (Chairman, Steering Group)