This week’s event in India is 13th meeting of global cleft community
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Peter Mossey, Professor of Craniofacial Development and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Dundee’s School of Dentistry, has been busy helping to organise the latest International Cleft Congress – and he will see his hard work pay off this week when the event gets underway in Mahabalipuram near Chennai in India.

The event, held every four years, features a series of panel discussions, presentations, debates and symposia, and is the world’s largest meeting of experts on cleft lip and palate and related craniofacial anomalies.

An important learning and networking opportunity for those in the field, it is hoped the Congress can provide a platform for progress on issues affecting the cleft and craniofacial communities in both the developed and developing world. It attracts service providers, scientists, researchers, academics, and representatives from non-governmental organisations, charitable institutions and parents’ associations.

Professor Mossey said:

“This International Cleft Congress is a major event in the field. At the last event in 2013 in Orlando, I was invited by the appointed President of the 2017 conferences -- Professor Jyotsna Murthy -- to become a member of the overseas Faculty, and to assist with the organisation of the Chennai event.” 

“I will have several roles to play at the event: I am an organiser, I am chairing an international pre-Congress workshop entitled ‘Epidemiology, aetiology and prevention', I am chairman of the Global Task Force for Prevention of Orofacial Clefts, and I am an invited speaker at the inauguration of the new Cleft and Craniofacial Centre at Saveetha Dental College.”

“Throughout all of these roles, I will be an ambassador for the World Health Organisation, and, of course, for the University of Dundee.”

In addition to his roles at the University of Dundee School of Dentistry, Professor Mossey is the director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Craniofacial Anomalies.

For more information on the International Cleft Congress, visit the event website.

For more information on studying at the School of Dentistry, visit our course pages.

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University of Dundee’s Professor Peter Mossey plays key role in International Cleft Congress