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Research in the Republic of Ireland

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland is committed to supporting research into the causes and treatment of oral clefts. The Association also actively supports and encourages education and training opportunities which go towards improving the care and treatment given to persons born with a cleft lip and/or palate.

Speech Research

About: Speech research carried out at The Children’s Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, between 1992 and 2000.
The results of this project have been presented at the 6th European Craniofacial Congress, Manchester 1999, and the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conference, Atlanta 2000. It will also be presented at the International Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Meeting in Gotenborg, Sweden, June 2001. The project was funded by The Child Health Foundation, Temple Street, and has been accepted as a PhD thesis in Trinity College, Dublin.

The percptual and Instrumental Assessment of Nasality and nasal Airflow Errors Associated with Velopharyngeal Dysfunction.
Caitriona Sweeney, M.Sc., M.R.C.S.L.T.

Otitis media with effusion

Sequelae of otitis media with effusion among children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate
P. Sheahan, A.W. Blayney, J.N. Sheahan & M.J. Earley ((P. Sheahan, A.W. Blayney, J.N. Sheahan & M.J. Earley (2002). Sequelae of otitis media with effusion among children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Clinical Otolaryngology & Allied Sciences 27(6) 494-500, December 2002))

About: Results of a study carried out at The Children’s Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, examining the outcome of treatment of otitis media with effusion in children with cleft palate. Accepted for publication 30 May 2002.

Middle ear disease

Middle ear disease in children with cleft palate in Ireland
Patrick Sheahan, Department of Otolaryngology, The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin 1

[Author’s Original Summary]
Between 2000 and 2002, a large research project was undertaken at The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street. The purpose of this project was to examine the incidence, natural history, and long-term outcome of middle ear disease in children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and congenital velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) in Ireland. The findings of this project were published in the journals Clinical Otolaryngology (Sequelae of otitis media with effusion among children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, Clin Otolaryngol 2002:27:494-500), and the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology (Incidence and outcome of middle ear disease in cleft lip and/or cleft palate, Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2003:67:785-83). Two further papers are due to appear in the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Journal (Middle ear disease in children with congenital velopharyngeal insufficiency), and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery (Long-term otological outcome of hamular fracture during palatoplasty).

Northern Ireland

Incidence of Cleft Lip and Palate

The Incidence of Cleft Lip and Palate in Northern Ireland from 1980-1990.
Gregg, T. Boyd, D., and Richardson, A. (1994) ((Gregg, T. Boyd, D., and Richardson, A. (1994) The Incidence of Cleft Lip and Palate in Northern Ireland from 1980-1990. British Journal of Orthodontics, 21:387-392))

[Summary]
The purpose of this study was to report the incidence of varieties of cleft lip and palate drawn from a regional database of all affected children in Northern Ireland during the period January 1980 to December 1990. The data emanates from the two centres were clinics are held, namely the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, and Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, plus the data maintained by the Department of Paediatirc Dentistry in Belfast since 1985.

 


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