Propelling Learning Through Collaborative Research

New 2023 Dates

Orientation Session:

Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 8 – 8:55 am EST / 1 – 1:55 pm GMT

SG Meeting #1:

Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 8 – 9:15 am EST / 1 – 2:15 pm GMT

SG Meeting #2:

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 8 – 9:15 am EST / 1 – 2:15 pm GMT

SG Meeting #3:

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 8 – 9:15 am EST / 1 – 2:15 pm GMT

SG Meeting #4:

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 8 – 9:15 am EST / 1 – 2:15 pm GMT

S4CCC Virtual Conference:

Propelling Learning Through Collaborative Research

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 7:30 am – 12 pm EDT / 11:30 am – 4 pm GMT

SG Leadership Huddle:

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 8 – 8:55 am EDT / 1 – 1:55 pm BST





COVID & Beyond

2 June 2021

About the Virtual Conference

The CoCP hosts annual virtual conferences for multidisciplinary CCC leaders worldwide. Our goal is to collectively identify good practices and solutions to the most pressing problems faced by cleft professionals in resource-constrained settings.

On June 2, 2021 over 120 cleft professionals from around the globe came together to collaborate and generate solutions for delivering Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) amidst COVID and beyond. This year, we plan to reach even more professionals. 

Solutions Groups

A Solutions Group (SG) is a diverse, interdisciplinary and time-limited gathering of select global cleft professionals.

SGs participate in an innovative “sprint” process to collectively prepare and facilitate a public 75-minute Roundtable, followed by documenting their key insights in a collaborative research paper.

SG 2023 Topics
(Inspired by panels at the CLEFT 2022 conference)

  • Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs)
  • Patient/ Parent Support Groups
  • Integrating Psychosocial Care into Interventions across Cleft Specialties

Solutions4CCC Advisors

Solutions4CCC Advisors

Dr. Marina Campodonico

Dr. Marina Campodonico trained as a pediatric dentist at the Universidad de Chile and is a member of Fundación Gantz’s multidisciplinary CCC team. She is in-demand as a conference presenter and teacher and is co-author of a chapter in the book: Tratamiento interdisciplinario de las fisuras labio palatinas (Dr. Aljaro et. al. 2008).  Dr. Campodonico is a long-term partner in Transforming Faces’ capacity building work and a member of Smile Train’s South American Medical Advisory Council.

Dr. Mekonen Eshete

Dr. Mekonen Eshete is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Addis Ababa University School of Medicine. He serves as the leader of the Yekatit 12 Hospital and Medical College cleft lip and palate unit, Ethiopia’s only full comprehensive cleft care centre. His expertise is in clinical care, research and training. Dr. Mekonen is a long-time partner of Smile Train and Transforming Faces.

Dr. George Galiwango

Dr. George William Galiwango is the head of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital in Entebbe, Uganda. He completed his Higher Surgical Speciality Training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with COSECSA and serves as a mentor and clinical educator to budding plastic surgeons across Uganda. For over 10 years, Dr. Galiwango has been a Smile Train partner cleft surgeon and senior leader within CoRSU’s Comprehensive Cleft Care team.

Dr. Felicity Mehendale

Felicity Vidya Mehendale is a Plastic, Reconstructive & Cleft Surgeon and leads the Global Cleft Research Programme, University of Edinburgh. She previously led the East of Scotland Cleft Service. She trained as a doctor and as a general surgeon in Mumbai, India followed by plastic surgery and cleft fellowships in the UK. She is Chair of Cleft 2022 and President of the International Confederation of Cleft Lip & Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies (ICCPCA). Her research includes applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to cleft outcomes, cleft epidemiology, perioperative and neonatal care protocols and equity of access to cleft care globally.

Prof. Roopa Nagarajan

Prof. Roopa Nagarajan is a Professor and Chairperson at the Dept. of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences & Academic Officer, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, India. She served as the Organizing Secretary of the 13th International Cleft Congress in Chennai, 2017 and is co-author of a book chapter entitled Cleft Palate Speech in the Majority World.  She is a longtime leader in both Smile Train and Transforming Faces’ CCC movements.

Dr. Debbie Sell

Debbie Sell is a Cleft Specialist Speech and Language Therapist & Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health, Illness and Disability (ORCHID) at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK. She co-edited a book on Cleft Care in the Developing World, was a founder of a speech and language therapy training course in Sri Lanka and is a member of CLEFT – Bridging the Gap charity’s Research Steering Group. She is a founder and co-director of Speech@Home.

The International NGO sponsors of the Circle of Cleft Professionals (CoCP) are proud to support the S4CCC Conference.

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